Every person who writes a document published on the internet, creates a graphic or icon, scans their own photograph, creates a document for a newsgroup or designs a web page owns the copyright to their creative work.
It's easier than ever to search for an image on the internet. Please know any district employee who knowingly or unknowingly allows copyright infringement to occur is likely to be named among the defendants in any legal action. Penalties can be stiff. The district employee need not actually participate in the infringement to be considered responsible, at least in part, for the violation.
UNLESS THERE IS A CLEAR STATEMENT THAT ART, PHOTOS, AND TEXT ARE "PUBLIC DOMAIN" AND AVAILABLE FOR FREE USE, ONE SHOULD ASSUME THEY ARE COPYRIGHTED.
How can I find images that aren’t copyrighted?
- Go to Google Images.
- Type in the image you want to find.
- Select Tools.
- Select Usage Rights.
- Select Creative Commons licenses.
- Find the right image that suits your needs!