Reflection on copyright

Since starting the OCA photography degree course in January, I had been under the impression that the use of other people’s images in my blog fell within the scope of the “fair use” provisions of copyright law because the blog is part of my formal academic studies. But thanks to a debate on the OCA student forum which can be read here, I have been disabused of this impression. Taking into account also the points that were made in that conversation about looking at the issue from the point of view of the photographers who made them, I have now removed all such images, with the exception of two from The Guardian which are integral to a specific exercise and I feel need to be viewed simultaneously with the text for the purposes of the exercise.