Copyright and Fair Use

Copyright for Educators series is designed to help educators learn about Fair Use and what they can and can't do within the category of, "Teaching" in the Copyright Act. In order to view videos, use Internet Explorer as your browser.

Here is another site that explains Copyright and Fair Use for educators in plain language.

A site to use with your students to help them understand copyright.

Copyright & Fair Use in Teaching

Here is a link to a Wiki that deals with copyright

and a site that deals with fair use issues for teachers. Here is an explanation of Creative Commons and how educators can use it.

Here is an introductory video and lesson plans for teaching copyright and fair use to your students from the Temple University Media Education Lab.

Copyright free links:




Music for the Revolution - lots of choices

Open Music - educational, Non-Commercial use (this is limited to student use on school grounds for in classroom projects- non broadcast), then Freeplay Music's compositions and recordings may be used without a fee. (Royalty free music for education)

Sound effects from Audio Network

CCMixter Community music site for remixes licensed under CC

Public Domain Music

FindSounds Sound effects and musical instrument samples

Educator Site of Resources Hall Davidson's resources


Free images and sounds for student projects.

Copyright-Friendly and Sound for Use in Multimedia Projects and Web Pages

Public Domain Images Several thousand copyright friendly images nicely organized in folders, free for any personal and/or commercial use, credit or back link is not required.

Sources of Copyright-Friendly Graphics for Your Web Pages

Pics4Learning - permission has been granted for teachers and students to use all of the images donated to the Pics4Learning collection.

Wikimedia Commons

Flickr Creative Commons


The Free Sound Project


Flash Kit - Sound FX

Podcast Bumper Music

fOUR bEES Free Media

Podsafe Audio



Creative Commons License Sites for Multimedia