Royalty Free Media Resouces
A Fair(y) Use Tale
Professor Eric Faden of Bucknell University created this humorous, yet informative, review of copyright law.
Someone owns the copyright to every image or photo unless it's been placed in public domain or the copyright has run out (in most cases 75 years after the copyright holder's death). However, under fair use, students may use images and photos for educational purposes. This means you can add images and photos to multimedia projects, reports, or any educational application. Some guidelines to follow are:
- An image or photo may be used in its entirety
- No more than 5 images from a single artist's or photographer's work
- No more than 10% or 15 images from a single collection, whichever is less
- Can make alterations if it supports an instructional objective (note that a change was made)
- Always credit sources
Students may not publish images or photos without permission from the author. This includes school newspapers, posters, yearbooks, brochures, etc. They also can not use them on a school or personal web site.
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As with images and photos, videos can be used, for educational purposes, in a multimedia project. You can copy up to 10% or 3 minutes, whichever is less. You can also make alterations if they support an instructional objective (note that changes were made). Always credit your sources.
Copying an entire copyrighted video is a violation even if it's for personal use, because it is copying to avoid purchase.
Discovery Education Streaming
Discovery Education Streaming offers videos and video clips for educational use.