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Images and Intellectual Property

Both digital and printed images are intellectual creations and therefore are copyrighted.

  That we have freely accessed them, for example, through the internet, does not mean that we can use them in a job, on a website or in a presentation.

Before using an image (photo, drawing, graphic ...) we must make sure that we can do it. In addition, when people appear in the photographs, the self-location of the photographed person must be counted.

The image rights of the person photographed are regulated in the Ley Orgánica 1/1982 de 5 de mayo, de Protección Civil del Derecho al Honor, a la Intimidad Personal y Familiar y a la Propia Imagen.

free access is not equal to copyright free

Puedo utilizar una imagen sin permiso en  las siguientes circunstancias:

Puedo utilizar una imagen sin permiso en  las siguientes circunstancias:

Puedo utilizar una imagen sin permiso en  las siguientes circunstancias:

I can use an image without permission in the following circumstances:
  • The images of which I am the author, if I have not completely assigned the exploitation rights.
  • When it is an isolated work of a plastic or figurative nature that has already been disclosed and only for teaching or research purposes (art. 32.3 LPI).
  • That is in the public domain.
  • That it be used as an appointment or for its analysis, comment or critical judgment (art.32.1 LPI).
  • It can also be used when published under a Creative Commons license, provided that they are carried out within the limits established in each case in the respective license.


Whenever we have doubts or it is not clear how we can use an image, it is preferable to ask permission to use that image. We identify the contact person, author, publisher or responsible company; We write a message requesting authorization and clarifying the scope and purpose of the use we wish to make; Once the response is received, we keep it and follow its instructions.

Resources to search for images with CC licenses

  • Google Images : option to filter by use rights, from the tools tab.
  • Commons Wikimedia : multiple resources, mostly free to use.
  • Pexels : Images and videos.
  • Pixabay : high quality public domain image and video store.
  • Pixnio : images in the public domain for any use.
  • Everystockphoto : free image search engine that allows you to filter by use licenses, create your own collections and browse labels.
  • Creative Commons : simultaneous search for works with CC in image repositories, museum collections, etc.
  • Science Stock Photos : collection of photos on science and technology available under a Creative Commons license, even for commercial use.
  • Free Images : free images with an index by categories

Resources to detect and avoid plagiarism of images

There are resources that allow us to locate, from an image or the URL of that image, in which sites it has been used, if there are modified versions, or with different resolution.

  • TinEye : indicates where the image we want to check appears on the web.
  • Google images : we indicate the url and click on the camera to perform the reverse search.

In addition there are numerous programs that insert watermarks in the images, in this way we add our signature to the images of our property.


Puedo utilizar una imagen sin permiso en  las siguientes circunstancias:

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