Copyright Guide

Last Updated: 09/10/2019 16:30

Keep it SIMPLE — link whenever possible!

In most cases, you can eliminate the need for permission or fees by simply providing a link to the web page which contains the work instead of making copies of it.  This includes online resources available through the UNT Libraries.  (Please note: it is always safer and more preferable to link to the web page containing the work rather than linking directly to a work, such as an image or PDF, as linking directly to a work may confuse students as to ownership/authorship.)

What about when linking won't do?

You still have options!

Please start here with our "Dos & Don'ts" primer, to get a general idea of the ways in which copyrighted works may be used.

Next, peruse outside sources for free images, text, video, and audio at our Usable Works list.

If you have a third-party asset you would like to use, then a good place to explore is the frequently asked questions compiled for text, images, video, and audio.

Lastly, look to the technical details of copyright exceptions and defenses here to see if your intended use might fall within one of these safe harbors.

Questions? Reach out to us via the Copyright Consultation Request Form, and we will get back to you within approximately one business day.

Learn About Best Practices!

Refer to the Dos & Don'ts Primer for advice on how to handle different copyright situations.

Tips for How to Use Specific Media

Additional Resources