Understanding Image Use Permission

When choosing images to use on any Franklin & Marshall College web pages, you must have permission to use those images. Using images for which you do not have permission may result in a fine or other penalties by the holder of the copyright.

Do not search for images online and expect that you are allowed to use that image on the F&M website!

What does it mean to have permission? You probably have permission to use an image if:

  • you took the image yourself; in the case of photographs, make sure you have permission from any identifiable subjects in the image

  • the creator gave you permission to use the image; in the case of photographs, make sure you have permission from any identifiable subjects in the image

  • you (or another agent of the College) hired someone to create the image; in the case of photographs, make sure you have permission from any identifiable subjects in the image

  • the image has a Creative Commons license that allows online use with attribution

  • you purchased a license that allows online use

  • the image is in the public domain (i.e. has no copyright)

In the case of photographs, make sure you have permission from any identifiable subjects in the image. You can assume that Communications has already received this permission if they provide you with a photo. If shooting photos specifically for the website, verbal consent is typically OK. If a subject asks that you remove an image of them that you are already using, comply immediately.

If you have any questions regarding image use or would like Communications to find images for your site, please contact Tim Brixius at tim.brixius@fandm.edu or 717-358-7179.