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Copyright: Using Videos and Images

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts

Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998

Copyright Law of the United States - (U.S. Code § 12)

Appendix B

Other Resources

From Cornell Law School

Smith, Kevin. Owning and Using Scholarship: an IP Handbook for Teachers and Researchers.Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, 2014. (See especially Chapter 4: “Using Copyright Works in Scholarship”).

ARTStor (Library Database)

Crediting Images

While you don't need to follow MLA or APA or any other citation format to credit images or other media on a website you still need to credit the original source material regardless of what permission was given to reuse it or how much it was modified from the original.

Creative Commons states:

A good rule of thumb is to use the acronym TASL, which stands for Title, Author, Source, License.

  • Title: What did the original creator name the item?
  • Author: Who created it?
  • Source: Where did you find it?
  • License: Are you allowed to use it?

Depending on where you find your images, the creators may want you to include other information. For example the Library of Congress asks that you include the name of the collection within the Library of Congress the image belongs to (e.g. Wright Brothers collection).

See the links below for more information on best practices for crediting sources along with examples for various license types and media.

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