Finding Fair Use Photos: Teacher Resource

Use this Kahoot with students - discuss after each question.

Q1: Because I am a student and this is for a school project, I can use any of these googled images!

It depends... Do you have permission from the author to reuse/modify? Did you pay for it? Have you given credit (citation)?

Very little falls under Fair Use in copyright law, and it is best to use media labeled for reuse or creative commons.  Even if it is labeled for reuse/creative commons/purchased/have permission ALWAYS give credit and cite the original creator!

Q2: In the red box - these two features return image results that are available to use for free.

Search Tools and Labeled for reuse. When you use Google Search and select Images, use "Search Tools" to narrow down the results.  Results can be narrowed down by size, color, type, time, and usage rights (Labeled for reuse is one of the options).

The bottom bar of options is not automatically visible, you have to click on Search Tools for it to show up.

Q3: This image is labeled for reuse - that means that I don't have give credit to the author.

Default should always be to give credit to the author, something that won't automatically display in a Google Images Search.  Visit the site where the photo is found to find all citation information (View Page button).

And just so we are all on the same page - you cannot cite a google search.

Q4 Ideal attribution/citation includes:

Title of the work, the author/artist, the source, and the usage rights.  

In the perfect world, if I come across media you have used and I want to use it too, I should have enough information in your citation that I don't have to investigate further.


the burden of attribution and following usage rights is on that of the user.  Even though media used may be free, you must alway cite the original creator. This Infograph from LangWitches contains a fantastic flow chart to help kids make the correct decision when using non-original media.  Are there consequences for not doing due diligence? Just ask Joel Tenenbaum - ordered to pay $22,500 for each of the 30 songs he downloaded and shared on the internet. While it is an extreme case and not for a school project, it is a very real consequence to breaking copyright law!

My images for this Tackk and the Kahoot came from:

"Creative Commons 10th Birthday Celebration San Francisco" by tvol is licensed under CC BY 2.0

"My Camera" by Paul Reynolds is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Additional Resources

Collections of photographs and images that are already labeled as open usage can be found at: , The Library of Congress at