This guide has been adapted from Copyright guidance created at the University of Kent. Morrison, Chris and Groth-Seary, Angela (2020) University of Kent Copyright Guidance. University of Kent, Kent, UK. (doi:10.22024/UniKent/01.02.92664).
The 2022 version of this guide is available in Word Document and PDF formats at: https://doi.org/10.5526/ynh8-6983
If you copy or upload content from the internet, make sure you address any copyright issues. This page provides guidance about sharing content responsibly online. It also links to free resources that allow you to use other people's works legally and responsibly.
Lots of sites provide free access to images and other content you might find useful. Here's a list of resources that are free of charge and have permissive free reuse rights.
Stock image libraries: Some stock image libraries allow use of their content free of charge for personal use. However, most commercial stock image libraries don't allow you to use their content professionally unless you have a licence or are prepared to pay a fee.
Use of images for web content: If you're creating web content, generally you should make sure any content you use is creative commons licensed, or is copyright University of Essex. The list of free open resources above gives some suggestions of where to look for free resources.
Social media: If you're sharing other people's work on social media, make sure you either have permission, or that your use is covered by a copyright exception. See below for further copyright considerations when using social media.
Using social media, whether it be Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, or other platforms, requires the consideration of copyright. Some important points to be aware of are:
Remember that all material on the internet is protected by copyright, however being aware of the different licences and exceptions can help you to ensure you are reusing material in a copyright compliant way.
Information on Copyright and Social Media based upon the University of Manchester Library: https://subjects.library.manchester.ac.uk/copyright/students#tabs-3