Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Librarian eGuide : Board Policies, Copyright and Best Practice

LIbrary FInes

Creative Commons

Creative Commons: US

Creative Commons licenses help creators retain copyright while allowing others to copy, distribute, and make some uses of their work, at least non-commercially. The CC License choser provides an easy way for creators to define the terms on which others may use their work

Creative Commons: Searching

Creative Commons estimates that there are over 350 million works worldwide licensed under CC licenses. There are millions of additional works in the public domain. The main Creative Commons site hosts a tool that searches Creative Commons and public domain works.


Movie Licensing USA

Does your school show videos for recess or offer videos as a reward for work well done? If so, you will need to obtain Movie Licensing for your school to cover these public uses of video that are not considered educational fair use. 

Movie Licensing USA® provides Public Performance Site Licensing to K-12 schools and public libraries on behalf of the major Hollywood motion picture studios. In addition to providing peace of mind, this license ensures that entertainment movies are used legally in these public venues.

Best Practices for Fair Use for Educators

How to LEGALLY Use Copyrights Music, Videos, etc.

Copyright/ Fair Use Module for TEACHING!

The fabulous Jennifer Milne-Carroll (Whitehorse Middle School, LMTS) put together this module on Copyright Law and Fair Use for using with students. "Please feel free to use or modify,"  she says.

What CAN you use then?

Databases are your friends!!

*most databases supply photos and other multimedia specifically FOR student use in projects*

  •       Brittanica's Imagequest has almost 3 million images for student/staff use for school projects
    • Ask your school LMTS for the username & password for this database!
    • Watch this video tutorial.
  •        Soundzabound from Wisconsin Media Lab is great for audio clips!
    • provided through Badgerlink to WI residents

.gov websites

  • As a government entity, they do not license the use of .gov materials or sign licensing agreements. Government agencies generally have no objection to the reproduction and use of these materials (audio transmissions and recordings; video transmissions and recording; or still and motion picture photography).
  • for example: NASA material is not protected by copyright unless noted. If copyrighted, permission should be obtained from the copyright owner prior to use. If not copyrighted, NASA material may be reproduced and distributed without further permission from NASA.

Search Google images for Creative Commons licensed images - Yahoo and Google image search (see this video on "how-to")  

Built-in music with imovie and YouTube's video editor:


Have kids create their OWN content - record their own videos, make music in Garageband, draw or take their own photos (DropBox is a good app for uploading images and video from a device to the Internet; for transfer to a desktop computer)