In the UK, Copyright Law protects images and photographs which are considered to be artistic works. It also protects films, broadcasts and sound recordings. In general, you will need permission to copy such works for educational purposes. Copyright is something that you need to consider carefully when you are creating any online teaching materials.
There are a few exceptions to this, for example if the items are out of copyright, if you are the copyright owner or if you have implicit permission to use the image under the licence/terms and conditions. This is just a sample of some of the exceptions, and some further new copyright exceptions now apply after changes were made to UK law in June 2014.
The Learning Technology and Innovation team have provided some information on copyright: