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Digital Media (B.A.S.): Copyright & Fair Use

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Learn even more about copyright & fairuse

Cornell University Law School - U.S. Code: Title 17 - COPYRIGHTS

Get permission: Copyright Clearance Center

Stanford University Libraries - What is Fair Use?

United States Copyright Office - U.S. Copyright Office Fair Use Index



What is In the Public Domain?

Public domain: The realm embracing property rights that belong to the community at large, are unprotected by copyright or patent, and are subject to appropriation by anyone.

Creative Commons: Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.

Tools to Help Evaluate for Fair Use

  • Fair Use Checklist: provides a simple overview of fair use considerations.  From the Purdue University Copyright Office.


  • Fair Use Evaluator: helps users collect, organize, and document the information they may need to support a fair use claim, providing a time-stamped PDF document for the users’ records. Developed by the American Library Association, Office for Information Technology Policy.

Where can I find freely available stuff?