Non-Curricular Posters / Signs

This chapter describes how faculty, staff, and students may use works on posters or signs to be displayed publicly.

Follow the steps given in chapter 5 of this guide, "When Copyright Permission Is Needed."

Sample Scenarios

  1. Question:

  2. Can I include on my poster an image I found on the Web?
  3. Answer:

  4. Probably, but it would be better to use an image that provides explicit permission for such uses.
  5. Fair Use analysis:

  6. PurposeFavorable or unfavorable. Your use is educational (more favorable) or entertainment or general interest (less favorable). If you are advertising a commercial service, your use is less favorable.
    NatureFavorable or unfavorable. The image has low artistic value (more favorable) or high artistic value / creativity (less favorable).
    AmountUnfavorable. You are using the whole image.
    EffectModerately favorable. You are making the work publicly accessible, but only for a limited time. Your use of the image likely will not replace sale of the work or significantly impair the market or potential market for the work.

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