Less than an hour after I posted this chart of alternatives to Google Image search I had two emails and one Facebook message with questions about fair use. One asked about music, the others asked about exceptions to copyright. But really all three messages were essentially asking the same theme of “what about fair use?”
For years I’ve said to students and teachers that when it comes to pictures fair use should be the last resort. There are two reasons why I say that. First, there are plenty of good places to find images that aren’t copyrighted. Second, the guidelines around fair use can be confusing to say the least. If you find yourself or your students confused by fair use, take a look at the following videos from Common Craft and Crash Course. Both provide clear explanations of what fair use is and isn’t.
Disclosure: I have a long-standing in-kind relationship with Common Craft.