Copyright, Fair Use, & Creative Commons
Copyright Law in a Nutshell
When an original work or invention is created (like a photo, a work of art, a musical recording, a book) it automatically becomes protected by copyright law. That means the creator of the original work or invention is the only one who owns the rights to reproduce and profit from their work. Everyone else must pay them to use their image, song, etc.
Fair Use: The Exemption
Teachers and students are allowed to use small portions of someone else's original work for free as long as they are using it for educational purposes and as long as they give credit where credit is due. This is called Fair Use.
Why Should Students Care?
Become Better Informed
This resource provides students with basic information about Fair Use and Creative Commons Licensing. Look at the videos and browse the information on this page. The best thing to remember is: give credit where credit is due!
Questions? Ask Ms. Tanguay
What is Creative Commons Licensing?
Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that provides access to flexibly-licensed copyrighted materials (images, music, videos, etc.).
What does that mean?
Artists, photographers, musicians, etc., license their copyrighted materials to allow others to use them for free as long as proper credit is given to the work's creator.
How does it work?
Use the button below to search for images, music, video, etc., which are licensed to be used freely, as long as you provide proper credit in your project.
Guidelines for Fair Use of Copyrighted Materials:
• Students and teachers may use copyrighted material in multimedia presentations if they observe quantity limits
• Students and teachers must acknowledge all copyrighted work with a bibliography or mediagraphy
WHAT'S NOT OK:
• Scanning or uploading complete or long portions of songs, clips, or text
• Storing projects on open Web sites (those without any password protection)
HOW MUCH IS OK?
Useful Terms to Know:
3 MUSTS for Multimedia Attribution
(Giving credit where credit is due in a slide or video presentation)
#1. Include this statement on the first slide or first clip of your presentation:
"This presentation contains copyrighted material used under the educational fair use exemption to U.S. Copyright Law. Further use is prohibited."
#2. Provide credit on the same slide/clip where an image is used (tiny font size is OK - see example below):
Image by MTanguay
#3. Include a bibliography (or a mediagraphy) on the last slide or the end credits of your presentation and include the copyright date and name of copyright holder for each item of copyrighted material used in your presentation.