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use a lot of the things they find on the internet. Students could illustrate a review of Seventeen magazine with a photo of the cover. For a review of the movie “Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2,” they could go to Marvel Studios’ official website for the film and legally download a photo of a scene from the movie. For a story about new streaming TV shows, they could visit the sites of the streaming services or producing studios and legally download publicity photos of the shows talked about in the article. For an article about the work and career of Green Day, students could legally visit the band’s official website and download publicity photos of the group on stage or the covers of their discs to complete their need for illustrations. All of this would commonly GARY CLITES Gary Clites, MJE, advises The Patriot Press newsmagazine and WNHS-TV at Northern High School in Owings, Maryland. He holds degrees in journalism from WVU and the University of Maryland. He has been a columnist for the Dow Jones News Fund’s Adviser Update for 20 years. Clites has a CSPA Gold Key and was a 2004 DJNF Distinguished Adviser. He is acting president of the Maryland-D.C. Scholastic Press Association. be considered fair use of the material and, one might note, would constitute student journalists’ using the same kind of illustrations and publicity materials that are commonly distributed to writers for major press outlets by the studios and stars to generate the publicity and coverage they need to promote their products. Copyright law asks two things of your students, however: that they get their material directly from the owner of the copyright, and that they identify the owner of the copyright when they use it. This requires that a note be published along with any illustration indicating the source of the material (“photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures,” for example). What are the limits of the fair use doctrine? A student writing a story about Bryce Harper might be able legally to visit the Washington Nationals official website to grab a publicity photo. That student could not, however, visit Sports Illustrated’s site to download a photo of Harper published by the magazine. Doing so would definitely violate the magazine’s copyright. A student writing about students’ use of social media could