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Copyright: Images

Basic copyright information for faculty, staff, and students of Texas State University.

Tin Eye - Reverse Image Search

TinEye is a reverse image search engine. You can submit an image to TinEye to find out where it came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or to find higher resolution versions.

Legal Disclaimer

This guide is designed to share information on copyright and related topics. This guide does not supply legal advice nor is it intended to replace the advice of legal counsel.


Images and Copyright

Photographs and other images are more often the subject of copyright infringement due to the ease of republishing on the Internet.

Because images are so often published without attribution, it can be difficult to locate the actual owner of an image’s copyright. Difficulty in locating the owner does not, however, excuse copyright infringement.

There are a number of stock photo organizations which license photos. These organizations have numerous licensing plans, ranging from one-time fees for unlimited use to royalty-based systems.

Most databases and websites provide information about copyrights and how their images can be used. Read this information carefully and comply with usage guidelines.  Usage guidelines can vary considerably, so read the fine print.

See this bibliography of fair use resources for images.

Information about how images from can be used can be found via our list of image databases.

Click on the  About This Resource information icon next to the database title for detailed information about what is in the database and how that information can be used.