Example of Copyright Law

Here is an example of copyright law in practical use:
Wikipedia foundation has a yearly worldwide contest for photographers. They select the best photo taken. Here are my two favorites.


Photo by AMRI MOHAMMED, CC BY-SA 4.0 Hoggar National Park, Assekrem, Tamanrasset, Algeria


Photo by Abdul Momin, CC BY-SA 4.0 A person walking through Satchari National Park in eastern Bangladesh

Why was I able to use these photographs

Why was I able to use these photographs on this site legally? It's because Wikipedia, with the photographers permission, released these photos under a license called the Creative Commons license. There are at least four different types of creative common licenses, but this one allows use if the license number (CC BY-SA license) is given with the picture.
This website will teach you more about this type of license and other permissible usages such as fair use and public domain.

Lesson 3

Lesson 3 - Copyright Holder Rights

Have a question on copyrights? This lesson will explain your rights and priveleges, what limits others have on your work and how you can use other works, and the penalties for infringement.