6890Re: [CALBIRDS] Re: [BirdingCalifornia] Photo copyright infringement
- Dec 1, 2007This is probably inappropriate for this group. However, the law is
not as Jim Greaves states. Rather, he attempts to state the "fair use
doctrine" part of copyright law, and is only partially correct. Use
of photos by teachers or anyone else can be a violation of copyright
law, and profit or non-profit motivation is not conclusive. For this
reason, I routinely get email requests from teachers around the world
requesting to use my photos in a class project, and I almost always
say "yes." But it is violation of a photographer's copyright to use
the photo without permission.
The "fair use doctrine" is summarized nicely on line at
As to photos, it is my understanding from additional reading and on-
line discussions that low resolution use of a photo in a scholarly,
non-profit on-line project is permissible only if the maximum
dimensions of the photo use do not exceed 200 pixels [e.g., 200
pixels wide, or 200 pixels high, max], and if accompanied by credit.
I think this thread should be closed at this point.
Pacific Grove CA
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