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Photography and Fair Use

Fair use of photography and other media is an evolving topic, but one of great concern on university campuses. In general, please do not use images that do not belong to you, as the university could be fined. The following presentations outline aspects of fair use as they apply to universities.

Copyright and Fair Use: A Tale of Two Interests
Presentation by David Gleason, UMBC General Counsel, March 2014

Will That Photo Get You Fined?
Presentation by Dinah Winnick, Acting Director of Communications, March 2014

Approved UMBC Images

Visit UMBC’s official Flickr site here to find a collection of commonly-requested images that are fine to use on university sites and publications.

Consent to Photography at Campus Events

Planning to take photos of a campus event to post online? Prior to the event, inform participants that a photographer will be present and photos may appear online and in university publications. Offer them an opportunity to opt out of photos if they choose. Post photography information on your event registration website, promotional materials, and/or event registration table.

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