If you work in web editing or design, it is important to know that only the copyright owner of a work has the right to post that work openly on the Internet. Posting a work openly online constitutes “publishing” it, and publishing is an act that only the copyright owner has the right to do unless they provide permission for someone else to publish their work.
Options for posting images on your website include:
- using photos/images that you have created for which you own the copyright;
- using Open Access or Creative Commons-licenced material;
- using Public Domain material;
- seeking express permission from the copyright owner to use their materials in your website.
If you would like to incorporate materials that are available openly online (such as news articles, YouTube videos, etc.) into your website, providing a link to those materials is the easiest way. Linking to legally posted online materials does not require copyright permission. Please do not link to online materials that you know or suspect were not posted legally.
Similar to creating your own webpage, if you are creating a video or document that you would like to post openly online, please acquire copyright permission for using copyright-protected materials that you did not create in your new work.
Permission is likely not required for using an insubstantial part of amount of a work in your new work. For information about insubstantial versus substantial materials, please consult our document General Application of the Fair Dealing Guidelines.