DIRC is a set of guidelines based on generally accepted practices within the visual resources community regarding image acquisition and use in the educational environment. While DIRC is provided as a public service to assist members of the visual resources profession in making decisions regarding image use, it does not constitute legal advice (i.e., the application of law to specific, individualized circumstances) and should not substitute for appropriate consultation with institutional counsel. Additionally, DIRC is not intended as a substitute for institutional copyright compliance policy, which may in some instances be more restrictive than the practices outlined in this program. DIRC should therefore be used in conformity with applicable institutional policies, with advice from counsel as appropriate. Users should also be aware that DIRC is based on current United States copyright law and community practices within the educational context, and may not be applicable in other jurisdictions or in other contexts.