Copyright Basics - Factsheet from the U.S. Copyright Office.
Copyright Basics FAQ - A guide to frequently asked questions about copyright from Stanford University Libraries.
Catalog of Copyright Entries - Search for copyright registration and renewal notices.
Copyright Clearance Center - Search for and obtain permission to use copyrighted items if it cannot be used under Fair Use.
Copyright on Campus - A short video that will teach you how to use copyrighted materials legally on campus.
Music Copyright Infringement Resource - Includes current and historical music copyright cases.
Fair Use - Information on the four factor test to determine fair use.
TEACH Act - Information about the TEACH ACT.
About Creative Commons - Learn more about creative commons from the organization that created creative commons licenses.
Here are some resources that will help you find items with a creative commons license. Remember to read the license carefully for each item, follow the guidelines, and always give credit to the original author.
ccmixter - Music
Flickr Explore Creative Commons - Photos
OER Commons: Open Educational Resources - Textbooks
Open Textbook Library - Textbooks
Soundcloud - Music
Vimeo - Videos
YouTube - After searching for videos, change the filter to creative commons.
Welcome to the Public Domain - Public domain explained
The sites below will guide you to a cultural wealth of public domain books, images, illustrations, audio, and films where the copyright term has expired or the creator has not renewed the license.
Remember, public domain works are free and available for unrestricted use, but please make sure each item you use is actually in the public domain. Enjoy and be creative!
Librivox - Audiobooks
Public Domain Collections: Free to Share & Reuse - New York Public Library's public domain collections. Images, documents, and more!
Prelinger Archives - A vast collection of advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur films.
Pixabay - Images, video, and vectors.
Project Gutenberg - A collection of public domain eBooks.
Smithsonian Institution Public Domain Images - Photos on Flickr from the Smithsonian.