Having moved past the surprise of discovering that even archived webinars offer unexpected and amazing levels of interactivity , we find plenty of wonderful content which Mary Minow  continues to provide in the recording of her Infopeople  “Finding (Legally Safe) Graphics for Presentations and Websites”  webinar.
Trainer-teacher-learners and others intrigued by PowerPoint presentations which rely on a dynamic mix of imagery and text rather than on text-based bullet point formats  will surely consider Minow’s presentation an early holiday gift. She guides us through the process of determining what we should and should not do in obtaining images from the Internet; lists several sites which offer incredible amounts of material just waiting to be used (please see the “Webliography of Legal Graphics” handout linked from the middle of the archives webinar page) ; and even offers a variety of useful and easy-to-follow suggestions on how to provide attributions for the images we use. And an unexpected benefit of watching this archived version is that, by using the “archive navigation” section on the right-hand side of the screen while viewing the webinar, we can jump from one section of the recording to another if there is something we want to skip or review.
Minow leaps right into the center of her presentation by offering tips about the use of images produced by government agencies. The news here is mostly good: if an image is produced by the U.S. government and posted on a U.S. government site, it’s probably available for use without copyright restrictions. Minow, at the same time, warns that we can’t be too careful and that we should check to be sure that what we’re viewing is an actual U.S. government site as opposed to a quasi-government agency which may retain control over the use of the images posted on its site.
In offering other potential sources of imagery for those preparing non-commercial presentations, she calls our attention to what is offered by sources including Library of Congress , New York Public Library Picture Collection Online , and Wikimedia Commons  images. She briefly and in mercifully plain English reviews the topic of Creative Commons  licenses governing the use of large numbers of online imagery. She then provides samples of how we can provide appropriate attributions for those images which we are using, and leaves us with a wonderful resource to peruse: the Nolo  publication The Public Domain: How to Find & Use Copyright-Free Writings, Music, Art & More .
As we near the end of the archived webinar, we are left with at least a few great reminders which bear repeating: check carefully for the source of images before assuming that they actually available for use without restrictions; check for and follow any requests and instructions provided by those who have created and posted images before we use them in another context; and never underestimate the ease with which permission to use an image can be obtained—sometimes a simple email to the creator of an image provides all we need to safely and legally proceed.