If you need information on copyright laws and copyright compliance before implementing copyrighted images into your work, there are several sources available.
Images are one of the many items protected by U.S. copyright law because they fit under the category of "pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works" (U.S. Copyright Office, 1). If you want to use an image in your research, you must properly comply with U.S. copyright law. To use a copyrighted image, you must do one of the following:
To search the Fair Use Index:
U.S. Copyright Fair Use Index
If you need more information on how to obtain permission, you can access Circular 16A on obtaining permission for copyrighted items here.
Copyright with Google Images
If you are using items from Google Images, you can use the "advanced search" option to filter your results to images that follow specific copyright policies. You can also get more information about using items on Google Images on their website.
Google Images Advanced Search Page