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WordPress: Copyright, Permission & Citing Sources

Tips, tutorials, and recommendations for using Wordpress to create digital portfolios, websites, publish online multimedia exhibits, digital heritage and research projects.

Informed Consent and Permission to Publish

If you are planning on including images, photos of people, artwork, interviews, or other types of information on a public blog you need to request permission.  Additional requirements apply when considering children, and require parental consent.  Below are resources to help you get started.

Recommended readings, viewings and podcasts about blogging, copyright and fair use (Douglas, 2014).

Citing Sources in Online Publications

For the purposes of an academic project, any image, audio file, or video that is not an original creation of the author constitutes a borrowed idea and should be attributed accordingly. If you wish to publish media online (i.e. YouTube) or in print, even if for educational purposes, you will first need to determine whether or not the image is protected by copyright, then find out how to get copyright clearance (Images: A Guide to Finding, 2014).

Documenting sources for images can be challenging, especially with the variety of new electronic resources now available. Many different style manuals exist, such as MLA, APA, Turabian and Chicago. In addition, many digital image repositories have created specific guidelines for you to follow when using their images.

For more information visit Copyright and Fair Use.

Finding Media for your Blog

Creative Commons Logo  Creative Commons is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to making it easier for people to share and build upon the work of others, consistent with the rules of copyright. They provide free licenses and other legal tools to mark creative work with the freedom the creator wants it to carry, so others can share, remix, use commercially, or any combination thereof.

Sample Creative Commons Search: "Blogging" with a reuse/adapt license provides numerous images that may be able to be reused with attribution in a blog post.  

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