Stock images and copyright

Some educational departments and school systems are taking steps to confirm with stock image organisations/libraries (eg Getty images, Shutterstock, iStock, bigstock, etc) that the licences they have with these organisations cover educational use by their students. 

Obtaining this confirmation would mean that you have direct permission to use the materials for educational purposes, which means it will not fall under the statutory licence.  Licenced usage and fees will be kept in check accordingly.

Some suggested language that could be used in your emails to the stock image organisations that you have licences/agreements with:

  • Can you please confirm via reply email that the materials licensed under the [licence/agreement information] can be used, reproduced and communicated for the educational purposes of [Educational body] and their students. In particular, can you please confirm that permission has been granted to make further copies of the material for students and to communicate the material to teachers and students (eg to upload it onto a password protected LMS for students and teachers to access or to email it to students). 

Once you know that you have direct permission to use the materials for educational purposes, the material should be labelled accordingly.  Suggested language:

  • Reproduced and made available for copying and communication by [insert name of school or educational body] for [its] educational purposes with the permission of [name copyright owner].
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