Copyright Guide

Keep it SIMPLE — link whenever possible

In most cases, you can eliminate the need for permission or fees by simply providing a link to a work instead of making copies of it. This includes online resources available through the UNT Libraries.

What about when linking won't do?

You still have options!

Below are several common situations in which you're free to share works with students in your face-to-face or online classroom without permission or fees.

Fair Use
When the circumstances might reasonably be judged as fair use or protected under the Teach Act rules, you can use copyrighted works in your teaching without obtaining permission.

Teach Act
Section 110(1) of the Copyright Law of the US allows for teaching performances and displays of protected works in a face-to-face classroom setting.

Creative Commons
Because creators routinely offer their works directly to others on the web, Creative Commons devised tools to provide standardized methods of granting copyright permissions to their creative work.

Course Reserves
If you can’t link to an online resource available through the UNT Libraries, consider using the Libraries’ course reserves service for print and digital material.

Public Domain
Works in the public domain aren't protected by copyright, so you can use them freely.

Know Your Copyright Rights!

Refer to the Know Your Copyright Rights table for advice on how to handle different copyright situations.

Tips for How to Use Specific Media

Who can you talk to for advice and help?


  • Search these multiple sources to Locate Usable Works — text, images, videos, audio
  • Use the Avoiding Risk Table for determining risk in using others' works
  • Research in-depth information from other external sources in Resources