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Images and Copyright: Overview


Google Advanced Image Search can search for images by the terms of the license. However, this functionality is not foolproof. Always check the terms of use for individual sites.



This information is intended to be educational in scope and does not constitute legal advice.

More resources for researching Images and Copyright

Can I Use This Image?

  • Find out how to avoid copyright infringement when using images

Specific Scenarios

  • Determine how to use images within copyright guidelines in various settings 

Finding Images

  • Resources where you can find images that you can use freely

Related Guides & Tutorials

Need More Help?

Contact SMU Libraries Copyright Support at

Contact Megan Heuer, Communication Arts Librarian ( or Beverly Mitchell Art and Dance Librarian (