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English, Literature & Writing (UNH Durham)

This guide will help you locate resources for writing, and for the study of literature at UNH, including American literature, English literature, and Shakespeare.

Finding Photographs

Photographs in Library Resources



Photographs on the Web

Photographs posted openly on the web are not necessarily in the public domain and free to use.

To find reusable images:

  • Consider images created by the US government (.gov), which are generally, though not always, in the public domain


Copyright is a complex area of law.

Copying, modifying, displaying or distributing the work of others may require determining if

  • the work is in the public domain,
  • whether your use of it is covered by fair use (or another exemption)
  • whether permission needs to be obtained from the copyright owner

The links below provide general information but not legal advice.

Using Images Legally and Ethically

Special Restrictions When Using Photographs (from MIT:

Photographs of people may involve rights of privacy or may be considered publicity. State and/or federal laws could limit the use of a person's likeness. 


  • Using photographs of people taken in larger public scenes
  • Avoiding photographs of famous people, or people engaging in private activities
  • Being aware that publicity rights limit commercial uses

Photographs of works of art may involve the rights of the work's creator/copyright holder.


  • Using photographs of 2-D public domain works -- these are usually not protected by copyright

Buildings designed after Dec. 1, 1990 are copyrighted.


  • Using photographs taken from a public place