If an employee has access to stock images through the employer, is it OK to use them for his own personal projects or non-commercial use?

For example, if he makes his own app or creates a website, is it permissible to use these stock images in it?

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    Voting to close as this is asking for legal advice... but seriously... how can you possibly think this is either legal or ethical?? Commented Sep 15, 2017 at 19:45
  • @PhilipKendall, I don't think it is that's why I'm asking. And remember not everyone understands how licensing works.
    – Grasper
    Commented Sep 15, 2017 at 19:47
  • Easiest way to think about it OP is that those images are company property. They belong to your employer. Licensing is technically in a simplest sense, understanding who has legal rights to intellectual and or physical / digital products. In this case, the photos.
    – Isaiah3015
    Commented Sep 15, 2017 at 20:59
  • Reopen request for this question is being discussed on meta.
    – Masked Man
    Commented Sep 16, 2017 at 17:38

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Images are licensed to someone, in this case your employer. That doesn't mean that they are licensed to you.

This question really isn't different than asking if you can use your employer's copy of Office or Photoshop on your home computer because you "have access to it".

In other words, what you're suggesting is illegal.

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    @corsiKa Pens don't have license terms.
    – S. Grey
    Commented Sep 15, 2017 at 20:33
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    @corsiKa If you install it on your computer outside of the company's license,yes it's illegal.
    – Chris E
    Commented Sep 15, 2017 at 20:35
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    @S.Grey Don't give them any ideas!! I already barely own half the things in my house due to restrictive licenses.
    – corsiKa
    Commented Sep 15, 2017 at 20:54
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    Actually using office and photoshop may be ok as long as you are doing it on your company computer. try to use the licence on your home pc thats where you break the law. Commented Sep 15, 2017 at 21:00
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    @corsiKa To find out the pen's license terms, ask the person in charge of supplies "May I take this pen out of the office?"
    – Brandin
    Commented Sep 18, 2017 at 6:43

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