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Copyright and teaching material

When searching for images and other material to use in your presentations, it is important that you keep track of copyright. If you do not create your own images or videos, there is free material to search for on the web, which you can use. Read more about open learning resources, copyright and other things that are good to know for a teacher.

Copyright and teaching

Copyright is a legal means of protecting an author's work (eg image, film, website or book). It is a type of intellectual property that provides exclusive publication, distribution, and usage rights for the author. This means whatever content the author created cannot be used or published by anyone else without the consent from the author. If you instead search for free material, such as images with a Creative Commons license, it is already specified how the material (image) may be used. The author has the copyright but shares it. Others may use the image.

Where do I search for free content?

Here are some links to more information and how to search for free content on Creative Commons and other learning material:

Creative Commons (CC)

Creative Commons is a global non-profit organisation that enables the sharing and reuse of images, audio files and video clips. You can also share your own material with others.

Creative Commons: five rights

  • Reuse.
  • Revise.
  • Remix.
  • Redistribute.
  • Retain.

The author marks their material according to this licensing system and says what you need to do if you want to use the material. On the Creative Commons website (Creative  you can find out about the different types of CC licences and how you can use free material in your presentations in teaching.

Creative Commons Sweden (in Swedish)

Questions about copyright and open educational resources?

As a teacher or doctoral student/researcher, you can get support from the KTH library with questions about copyright and licences where open educational resources are included.

Read more about book a consultation (KTHB)

There is an intellectual property policy created at KTH  that is good to know for you who are employed by KTH.

Open Educational Resources (OER)

Open educational resources are teaching and learning materials that you can use free of charge. These educational resources often have licences for permission to share and reuse and sometimes you can customise them without having to ask for permission from the copyright owner. Remember to carefully read what applies to the resource that you want to use. Examples of OER: Video, audio, text, animations, diagrams.

OER Sweden - open digital learning resources  (in Swedish).

How do I find open educational resources? (Legal handbook)  (in Swedish).

OER Commons - Public digital library of open educational resources .

Video explaining what Creative Commons is (YouTube, in Swedish)

By "Webbstjärnan" in collaboration with Internet guides at the Foundation for Internet Infrastructure.SE.

Video: "Finding and using Creative Commons images" (YouTube)

How to find and use photos that are free to reuse and in some cases also adapt. By Open NetworkedLearning.


The General Data Protection Regulation deals, among other things, with the storage of personal data on various digital surfaces and platforms. For you who are a teacher, there is support to get if you feel unsure of what this means. As an KTH employee, you can take a self-study course, GDPR @KTH (self-study course in the Canvas platform) . You can also read more about How does KTH handle personal data collected for web-based examinations? (for students) . You can also read more about Zoom and GDPR: Zoom and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) .


Would you like to know more about Creative Commons and free material?
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Contact and support for digital education

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Other contacts for education

If you have other questions about education at KTH, the information is collected on Contacts for education support at KTH .

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