Concepts and Information

Copyright and Fair Use

Fair Use page on Wikipaedia (including text from the  copyright law of the United States):

For an interesting and informed discussion of Fair Use, see this page at the American University School of Social Media:

Interesting video links that discuss fair use:

From the American University Center for Social Media: Best Practices in Online Video

James Boyle (Duke University)

Other Copyright and Fair Use Links

Copyright Resources (UNC Health Sciences Library)

Fair Use in the Classroom

Reed College | CIS | Web & Copyright Policies

Copyright and Fair Use – Information & Library Services – UMUC

Baruch College’s Guide To Using Copyrighted Media in Your Courses

Creative Commons

Creative Commons Licenses

Creative works are automatically copyrighted.  Creative Commons ( provides a way for content creators to specify certain rights that they want to give to users. To do this, a content creator specifies any of the following conditions to the use of their work:

  • Attribution
  • Share alike
  • Non-commercial
  • No derivative works

Each Creative Commons license is a combination of the above conditions.  The conditions and licenses are described on the Creative Commons website at

Creative Commons Video Channel

Creative Commons has a channel which includes several videeos about Creative Commons and Creative Commons projects at

Creative Commons Science and Education Projects

The Creative Commons Science and Education projects are likely to be of interest to to scientists, researchers, and academics.

Science Commons:

ccLearn project:

Searching for Licensed Works

Creative Commons also provide a search page that allows you to search for CC-liceensed works, at


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