Copyright, Fair Use, Creative Commons, and Public Domain The Educator's Guide to Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons Lately, we've been hearing more and more about digital copyrights and fair use in the news and online - particularly with the whole SOPA/PIPA uproar that recently swept the web. Also, we on the Edublogs support team have been getting more and more complaints and official requests to remove copyrighted content that users have placed on blogs. Can I Use that Picture? The Terms, Laws, and Ethics for Using Copyrighted Images Need to use an image but not sure if you have the legal and ethical right to do so? Understanding the laws for using images can be a bit tricky, especially because there is wiggle room within the laws. Digital Copyright Slider Copyright Foundation: Educators' Guide to Copyright Copyright.gov: Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use Copyright, Fair Use, Creative Commons Learning Module - Digital Texts & Tools Copyright, Fair Use, Creative Commons Learning Module Fair Use Frequently Asked Questions The Copyright Act gives copyright holders the exclusive right to reproduce works for a limited time period. Fair use is a limitation on this right. Fair use allows people other than the copyright owner to copy part or, in some circumstances, all of a copyrighted work, even where the copyright holder has not given permission or objects. A Straightforward Guide To Creative Commons Way back when, research meant going to the library, finding something in a book, and indicating what book you found the information in when you created your bibliography. The internet has brought a significant amount of grey area to the world of citations and bibliographies. State of the Commons Creative Commons licenses are the standard for sharing free content online for individual creators, governments, foundations, and academics. CC licenses have changed the way the internet works, providing a core function to some of the largest content platforms on the web. The result is greater access to knowledge and culture for everyone, everywhere. When US Works Pass into the Public Domain Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States PDF Version (Note: The following information applies only to the sound recording itself, and not to any copyrights in underlying compositions or texts.) What was in the public domain in the U.S. as of 3 Unpublished Sound Recordings, Domestic and Foreign Sound Recordings Published in the United States What was in the public domain in the U.S.