Many of you will want to find and use images in your personal and academic work. Use this guide to find appropriate images for your essays, dissertations or blogs and understand how you can use these images legally and safely online.
Bridgeman Education and Artstor are image databases that provide access to millions of images from gallery, museum, library and photo archive collections from around the world. Images in these databases have been rights-cleared for use in education.
As a University of Brighton student, you are permitted to use this content, provided that you agree to the terms and conditions (T&Cs) of use.
Do use materials for -
These uses are permitted, based on the understanding that materials will be used for educational purposes only and that you reference the materials appropriately.
WGSN is a fashion forecasting service, which provides analysis of current and future trends in the industry. As a University of Brighton student, you are permitted to use WGSN content, provided that you agree to the uses set out in their Terms and Conditions of use.
If WGSN believes there has been a breach to the T&Cs, they reserve the right to suspend a user’s account. For significant breaches, access could be withdrawn for the entire institution, and other penalties may apply. Please make sure you have read and understood the permitted and non-permitted uses before using this website. The full terms and conditions can be found here.
Do use images that are copyright cleared for use in education (see Artstor, Bridgeman) for internal educational purposes
Do familiarise yourself with a site's terms and conditions of use before re-using images
Do use still images from TV programmes/films if you are reviewing them. Follow British Universities Film and Video Council (BUFVC) audio-visual citation guidelines
Do reference images correctly, using the guidelines set out by your school
Do protect your own work by adding a [copyright symbol] followed by your name and year of creation, or use a watermark. Or, think about applying a CC licence to your work
Do use works that are in the public domain (work that’s copyright has expired, or has been waived or forfeited by the author/artist)
Do use Google advanced image search and select ‘usage rights’ to filter by license
Do select an image sized to your use, smaller file sizes (800x600 pixels at about 150Kb) are usually better for the web and assignments
Don't post images that are copyright cleared for use in education on third party websites or on social media sites
Don't assume that if you just credit the author there is no copyright infringement
Don't use works that have ‘all rights reserved’ without permission from the creator
Use the search box below to find images you can legally use in your work. Each image you find should be reusable but you must check the license to make sure. Most images will require an attribution, which means you need to acknowledge the original creator of the work, like you would cite an author of a book in an essay.
Do be aware of your own rights. If someone uploads a copy of your work to a website/social media site without your permission, you can ask them to take it down
Don’t upload your own images to social media websites without reading and understanding the terms and conditions first. Many social media sites state in their terms and conditions that – whilst you retain copyright of your images – they can reuse your images however they like, without paying you (even if they make a profit from your work) or even asking for your permission
Don’t post images that are copyright cleared for use in education on public blogs that are accessible to anyone on the internet (even if you have created the blog for an assignment)