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Copyright guide

This is a companion guide to the RMIT Copyright webpages for staff and students.

Copyright "free" concepts

REMEMBER when searching the internet -  check the copyright statement, terms of use, or terms and conditions statement on the website to establish what is permitted.

The statement will advise if the works on the site can be used for educational purposes, within your organisation, under a Creative Commons licence or are free for use.

Concepts of 'Free' Meanings:

Royalty free – pay once use under licence.

Educational use – teaching purposes only

Non-commercial use – no profit or money to be made - where the use is "not primarily intended for or directed towards commercial advantage or private monetary compensation.”

Personal use – your home or personal use.

Within your organisation – use for teaching, report, admin purposes within your organisation – no marketing.

CC0 “No Rights Reserved”. A Creative Commons licence that indicates the work is in the public domain.

Searching for images

THINK ABOUT – Searching the Creative Commons website ( to find images from Flicker, Google images or Wikimedia commons etc.    

CC Search can be searched in three easy steps:

1. Enter your search terms

2. Tick the option to modify, adapt or build upon

3. Select where you would like to search. For example Google images

Image Source: Creative Creative Common Search Logo. This work is licensed under a creative commons attribution 4.0 international licence 


WhatcomElearning 2012, video, Using creative commons to find images on Google image, 24 July, viewed 15 August 2016, <


Other images sites

The sites below host free, creative commons and licensed images for use.

The sites below contain images with no copyright restrictions and no requirement to attribute the source.

Finding the source of an image

For attribution purposes, the following tools can help in finding the source for an image.  


Google Reverse Image Searching -  video below