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Rend Lake College Library Guides: Copyright


This guide will be useful when information about coyright is needed. It allows easy access to websites and checklists that can be printed off.  It is not however intended to provide legal counsel or advice.


Fair Use:


Checklist for conducting fair use - Cornell University



Copyright - Quick and Easy - Warner Memorial Library - Eastern University






For Fair Use

Against Fair Use

Photocopying or emailing articles for your own research

Copying cartoons into a paper/presentation for humor (they are not essential to the work)

Emailing a web address to anyone

Forwarding the full-text of an article/webpage to someone

Using a small portion of a movie or song for educational purposes

Movie or song used for personal use, entertainment, and /or profit

One or a few copies made

Using an article for an extended period (over 3 semesters)

Factual or nonfiction based

Highly creative work (art, music, novels, films, plays

Item does not impact the market

Use is for personal use, entertainment, and/or profit

Up to three articles may be used from same journal issue in one semester

RLC does not own an original copy



Copyright Basics: Fair Use



Fair Use:



Fair Use Checklist




A Fair(y) Use Tale



Seeking permission:

U.S. Copyright Code Sections 301 - 305



Works in public domain:


Royalty Free Media Resouces

  • Archival Research Catalog
    National Archives Database of various governmental and historical images, videos, sound bites. Be sure to check each resource's copyright statement.
  • Creative Commons Search
    Search for images, video, sounds, and more.
  • Flickr
    Be sure to select the Creative Commons option before searching! Use for photos or videos.
  • FreeFoto.com
    "FreeFoto.com is the largest collection of free photographs on the Internet (link back and attribution required)."
  • Free Images
    The only drawback is you have to join this site first.
  • Free Photographs
    "An online resource for royalty-free stock photographs for non-commercial use."
  • Library of Congress Collection
    Produced by the Library of Congress and mostly free. Be sure to check the copyright statement before using.
  • The Morgue File
    "Free images for your inspiration, reference and use in your creative work, be it commercial or not!"
  • Google LIFE Photo Archive
    Images with copyright restrictions will have a note on the actual image.

Royalty Free Sound Resources

  • FREE Sound Effects
    A listing of sound effects for video productions.
  • Freesound Project
    "The Freesound Project is a collaborative database of Creative Commons licensed sounds."
  • FindSounds
    "A free site where you can search the Web for sound effects and musical instrument samples."
  • Freeplay Music
    Free music and sound effects.
  • Free Sound Effects
    "You may use the sound effects on this web site free of charge in your video, film, audio and multimedia productions..."
  • Incompetech
    Royalty-free music.
  • Sound Effects Libraries
    Free sound effects and also links to licensed providers.


Eastern University. (2013). Copyright - Quick and Easy. Warner Memorial Library LibGuides. Retrieved  

       from http://libguides.eastern.edu/copyright.


Enghagen, L. & Garrett, J. ed. (2013). New fair use guidance for online educators. Magna Publications White Paper. web.

       Retrieved from http://www.magnapubs.com/files/previews/new-fair-use-guidance-for-online-educators-preview.pdf.


Mandrell, B. (2011). Copyright Overview. [power point]. 














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