Copyright Resources

Want to know more about copyright?  

You will find general information, checklists, and tutorials under the Guides & Best Practices tab, including our Toolkit for Becoming the Copyright Expert at Your Library. 

The Professional Development tab lists conferences, workshops, and other training opportunities.  

If you are looking for music, images, and other materials that you can use without worrying about copyright infringement, the Find Content tab offers some suggestions.  

Toolkit Resources from "Becoming the Copyright Expert at Your Library"

TLA 2017 pre-Conference, Wednesday April 19th, 2017 :

TXLA 2017 Slides: "Dealing With Your Institution's Lawyers" (Kevin Smith)

TXLA 2017 Slides: "What Are Creative Commons Licenses?" (Stephanie Towery)

TXLA 2017 Slides: "Coloring in the Lines: Using Creative Commons Resources" (Naomi Bates)


( Naomi's curated list of sites: )


A Framework for Analyzing Any U.S. Copyright Problem:


7 Things You Should Know About Creative Commons:

Creative Commons Site:


What Faculty Need to Know About Copyright for Teaching:

ARL Code of Best Practices in Fair Use:

CMSI Codes of Best Practices in Fair Use:

Copyright Term and the Public Domain:

Fair Use Evaluator:

Fair Use Checklist:

Additional Guides


Digital Information Law, Gretchen McCord


Bare Bones of Fair Use


CHEER: Copyright in Higher Education Elements Resources.

A partnership between Furman University, Clemson University, and the University of South Carolina. This is an online repository of reusable works related to copyright in higher education, covering the areas of: Scholarly Communication, Copyright in the Library, Copyright Law and Application, Continuing Education and Copyright, Copyright Across Campus

Texas State University

 Texas State Fair Use Checklist


 Copyright Crash Course, Georgia Harper (University of Texas-Austin)

 Crash Course Tutorial

 Copyright in the Library

 Access to Digital Course Materials


Stanford Copyright & Fair Use Center

 Charts and Tools

 Fairly Used Blog


Duke University, Office of Copyright and Scholarly Communications, Kevin Smith

 Scholarly Communications @ Duke Blog

 Scholarly Communications Toolkit


Columbia University, Copyright Advisory Office

 Copyright Quick Guide


University of North Carolina, Charlotte, The Essential Copyright, Peggy Hoon

 The Original TEACH Act Toolkit


 ALA CopyTalk Webinars

The OITP Copyright Education Subcommittee sponsors CopyTalk, a series of webinars on specific copyright topics that include orphan works, mass digitization, international copyright developments, pending and recent copyright court cases, the copyright implications of new technologies, and more.


Best Practices

Journal of Copyright in Education and Librarianship

Center for Media & Social Impact (CMSI)

Fair Use Best Practices


Association of Research Libraries

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use

United States Copyright Office

Law and Policy



Policy Reports





Searching Records and FAQs

The websites listed below provide resources that are out of copyright or are available with permission to reuse (for example, materials licensed using Creative Commons).




Images and video. You can also search by Creative Commons license.



Creative commons site for sounds (sound effects)


Google Advanced

Limit your search by Creative Commons license.


Royalty-free music


Internet Archive

Downloadable images, movies, text, Music, and more.




Be sure to search for images with appropriate Creative Commons license.



Creative Commons music

Original music licensed as Creative Commons 4.0 attribution



Images can be used without attribution; no stand-alone use (images cannot be able to be downloaded independent of context)



Free stock photos




Images and video (uploaded under CC0 - dedicated to the public domain)


Public Domain and Royalty-Free Music

Purple Planet Music

Royalty-free music



Royalty free sound effects



Find images here.

Site requires free registration.

free, high-resolution photos

Creative Commons photos for school


Free HD stock footage


Access video, audio and images. Almost all images are under some type of free license. Click on an image to see the information page for that image.

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Created on Jan 21, 2016 | Last updated July 06, 2017