Work created by anyone is automatically protected by copyright laws; consequently, owners of such works possess the rights of when and where their work can be used.
As a student, you are allowed to use a certain amount of a copyrighted materials based on the fair use guidelines, but you must still give credit to the owner. Ultimately, you can refer to a work in your writing or presentations, but you cannot make images part of your work unless you have permission from the copyright owner.
“Copyright is a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression.” – United States Copyright Office
Citation is an important part of copyright! Be sure to check out our APA LibGuide to learn all about citing properly.