Copyright and Fair Use
What is copyright? Well, it is your protection as an author or creator to keep others from copying or using your work without permission. There is a limitation to copyright called fair use. It says it MAY BE OKAY to use small amounts of copyrighted material for noncommercial, educational purposes.
When you need media...
In his book Playing with Media (Speed of Creativity Learning, 2011), Wesley Fryer suggests the following mneumonic to remember copyright and fair use guidelines:
HARRY POTTER CAN FLY
- H = Homegrown
- P = Public Domain
- C = Creative Commons
- F = Fair Use
Homegrown means media you create yourself.
Public Domain works are shared by everyone with no need
for permission to use.
Creative Commons licensed media are shared with permission
already granted for you to use as long as you follow the
Fair Use allows some use of copyrighted works for educational
uses without permission.
Resources for Searching Free Media
- You'll absolutely love Photos for Class. This cool site does all the work for you by attaching the correct citation to the bottom of the photo automatically.
- Find public domain pictures free for any use at Pixabay.
- Try pics4learning for free, copyright-friendly images for education.
- Many images on flickr - flickr: Creative Commons - may be used under certain license restrictions.
- Use a Google Advanced Image Search to find images that can be used, shared, and modified. (Choose "free" under the usage rights dropdown at the bottom.)
- Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that helps people share creative works legally. They provide free, easy-to-use copyright licenses for your work. And they help you find content you can use freely and legally. Try Search Creative Commons.
* Click on this link to see of the correct way to give attribution when using material with a Creative Commons license.
* Click here to choose a Creative Commons license for you own creative work.