For immediate release | June 22, 2016

Legally Using Images eTutorial

Chicago—ALA Editions announces a new eTutorial, Legally Using Images. Lesley Ellen Harris will serve as the instructor for a 2-week eTutorial starting on July 11, 2016.

Have you ever asked yourself the question: Are these images I’m using legal to post, share or distribute? You’re not alone! In this eTutorial, nine emailed lessons will guide you on legally using images and avoiding legal hassles. Determine which images require copyright permission and which you can safely use for free. Don’t miss hidden traps in licensing language. Learn how to legally use images in an efficient and timely manner. Learn anywhere, anytime and on any device.

After taking this eTutorial, you will be confident that you are legally using online images in Canada, the U.S. and globally.

Each e-lesson will be emailed to you and provides up-to-date information on the topics listed in the outline below, sets out fundamentals for that topic, and includes resources for further reading. You'll complete the eTutorial with a final self-marking quiz.

Learning outcomes

After completing this eTutorial, you will have learned:

  • How copyright applies to images
  • The meaning of public domain
  • How Creative Commons licenses work
  • How to work with stock photo agencies
  • About using images from Google and other search engines
  • What to do if you cannot locate a copyright owner
  • When you need permission to use an image
  • What fair use and fair dealing mean
  • How to obtain copyright permission
  • How to negotiate terms and conditions and payments for the use of images
  • How global permissions work
  • Situations that may not require copyright permission
  • Best practices for legally using images

About the Instructor

Lesley Ellen Harris is a copyright, licensing, and digital property expert who consults on legal, business, policy, and strategic issues in the publishing, entertainment, Internet, and information industries. She frequently works with libraries, archives, museums, and educational institutions. She teaches in-person and online courses on copyright and licensing through and in conjunction with national and regional associations in Canada and the United States. Harris is the author of numerous articles and several books including Canadian Copyright Law (4th ed., 2014) and Licensing Digital Content: A Practical Guide for Librarians (2nd ed., 2009). She maintains the informative websites and

Registration for this eTutorial, which begins on July 11, 2016, can be purchased at the ALA Store.

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