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Copyright Help

Copyright law is often misunderstood. A common misconception is that educators and students are exempt from following copyright guidelines.

Copyright protections are designed to allow creative individuals and organizations to profit from their work and control how it may be used. It’s a fundamental element of the US Constitution. Article 1, Section 8 states:

“To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.”

Therefore, the overriding question when of copyright rules is “Will my actions negatively affect the revenue of the creator or owner of this work.” There are many particulars and rules. Below are some resources that help simplify the issues and others that provide rights free or public domain files for re-use.

Explanations of Copyright, Fair Use and Public Domain

When U.S. Works Pass Into Public Domain (PDF)

Fair Use Chart (PDF)

Copyright and You (video)

Copyright and Fair Use Presentation2 (MS Word)

Copyright Dos and Dont’s (External Link-St. Andrews Upper School Library)

Sources of Rights Free, Public Domain and Creative Commons Files

For Music and Sound


FreeSound Project

For Video and Pictures


Creative Commons

Public Domain Pictures

Open Photo

Tutorials for finding Creative Commons Licensed Pictures

Flickr Search and Attribution (video)

Creative Commons and Copyright (video)

Creative Commons Tips for Attribution

Finding CC Images using Google (video)


Visual Guide Copyright Friendly Resources

Symbaloo Visual Guide to Copyright Friendly Resources

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