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ENGL 15: Rhetoric and Composition (Ousey)

Professor Ousey

Is Copyright Important?

Yes! Images fall under the category of INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY.  Be sure the creator is willing to share their intellectual property with you before you incorporate an image into your work.

If you're using your own pictures, learn how you can protect YOUR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY.


Creative Commons licensed images will have something similar to this: CC BY-NC-ND

That means "Creative Commons Licensing Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives

We cannot alter, change, or use this photo for any commercial use, but as long as we follow those instructions and give credit to the creator, we are following copyright. 

Circular staircase looking upOther examples of Creative Commons Licenses are: 
CC BY - Attribution 
CC BY-SA - Attribution-ShareAlike
CC BY-ND - Attribution-NoDerivs
CC BY-NC - Attribution-NonCommercial
CC BY-NC-SA - Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

More information:


This is how you should note copyright for this photo: 

“George Peabody Library - Baltimore” by robert burakiewicz is made available under CC BY-NC-ND license. 

Adobe Creative Cloud Express

To create an ADOBE account, follow these instructions:



BROWSE ALL TITLES  (in the gray area of the page‚Äč)


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Now Add Multimedia

Below you can find websites full of public domain and creative commons images that you can freely use in your digital storytelling. Be sure to use Creative Commons under the correct terms (giving credit to their creator and other possible limits, which are determined by the kind of Creative Commons license attached to the image.)