The Nuts and Bolts:
- Understanding Copyright (Media Education Lab)
- Copyright FAQs (Electronic Frontier Foundation)
- Fair Use FAQs (Electronic Frontier Foundation)
- Media Education Foundation’s “A Fair(y) Use Tale”
Copyright and the University
Finding copyright friendly content:
- Creative Commons and Creative Commons Public Domain (Search field: “public domain,” select: “I want something that I can modify, adapt, or build upon.”)
- The Fair Use Evaluator
- A Copyright-Friendly Toolkit
- 30+ places to find Creative Commons media
- Creative Commons Music
- Flickr Commons
- YouTube Audio Library
- Smithsonian Institution Public Domain Images
- New York Times Public Domain Archives
- Internet Archive Access digital collections of text, audio, moving images and archived webpages.
- Bensound for original music (be sure to click on the licensing link)
Example of Creative Commons image attribution:
Photo by Laertes licensed under Creative Commons 2.0 Generic.
Sample request letter for permission to use a copyrighted work:
I am a student at University Laboratory High School in Urbana, Illinois. I am working on a web page for a class project and I was wondering if I could have permission to use an image from your site. [INSERT a sentence that describes the purpose of your project and the reason why the image is desired.] I would be happy to remove the image when the project is finished at the end of the semester (INSERT the date). The URL of my site is http://www.uni.illinois.edu/filename.html.