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Copyright: Images

Using Images for Educational and Professional Purposes

Before downloading images, carefully read the site's copyright/usage policies. Look for the terms "copyright" or "usage". Some websites/databases allow free usage of their images, while others require that you ask permission or pay a fee.

Use of images by individuals for educational purposes is generally considered fair use. If money changes hands or the image is used for publication (of some sort) then image users need to receive approval from image creators or owners before use to avoid copyright law violation.

Images (MUSC Resources)

To find out copyright policies for the resources below, click on the "more" link below each resource description, and/or look for the terms "copyright" or "usage" within each resource.

Publicly-Available Images

Open Access Image Resources (compiled by UCDenver)

Informed consent for medical photographs

Faculty may use protected health information (PHI) including images, in education and training (included in HIPAA's definition of health care operations). This means that the faculty may use PHI in lectures, case presentations, or in other classroom settings for educational purposes for students, residents, and other faculty within the university setting.

Faculty, residents, or students cannot use PHI in external settings, such as conferences, unless specifically authorized to do so by the patient.  

MUSC Policy:  Photographs, Filming, or Recording: Photographs, filming or recording will not be granted without the informed consent of the patient or their legal representative. Patients may refuse the photographs, recording or filming of care; and they may request such action(s) stop any time during the process even if prior consent was given.

Photos of People on Campus

This question focuses on the issue of permission for use of photographs taken here at MUSC (or of MUSC sponsored events).

  1. When do we need to get a permission signed in order to use a photograph and/or video (whether it's of a patient, student, faculty member, staff, etc.)?
  2. If we take a photograph or video in a class, do we need permission from each student in the class?
  3. What if we take a photograph/video of a campus scene that includes employees/students/faculty, etc. (e.g., during the Fat Tuesday celebration in the horseshoe)?

From Joe Good, University Counsel, retired: You have raised an issue of "privacy". 

  1. It is the better approach to get a release/consent signed any time you take an identifiable picture of anyone which you intend to publish.
  2. Technically, any student you can identify should be asked to sign a release.
  3. Pictures at social events and Student Government events etc. usually do not require any type of release.