Fair Use and Copyright

By: Victoria Cromwell


Copyright is the exclusive legal right, given to an originator or an assignee to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material, and to authorize others to do the same.

How to know if an image is copyrighted and what to do if it is.

To tell if an image is copyrighted look on the image for a copyright symbol, watermark, or a note indicating ownership or sourcing. If the image is copyrighted find who copyrighted it and ask to use it.

What is Fair Use?

Fair use is the doctrine that brief excerpts of copyright material may, under certain circumstances, be quoted verbatim for purposes such as criticism, news reporting, teaching, and research, without the need for permission from or payment to the copyright holder.

What is a Creative Common License?

A Creative Commons license is one of several public copyright licenses that enable the free distribution of an otherwise copyrighted work. It is used when an author wants to give people the right to share, use, and build upon a work that they have created.

What is Public Domain?

Works in the public domain are those whose exclusive intellectual property rights have expired, have been forfeited, or are inapplicable. If a book, song, movie, or artwork is in the public domain, then it's free for you to use without permission