An Important Copyright Alert
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, or our Videos on Copyright, to get a general idea of the ways in which copyrighted works may be used.
Next, peruse outside sources for open access/public domain 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.
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
- Books, Movies, and Music which entered the Public Domain in 2022 (Jan. 1, 2022)
- Books, Movies, and Music which entered the Public Domain in 2021 (Jan. 1, 2021)
- Books, Movies, and Music which entered the Public Domain in 2020 (Jan. 1, 2020)
- Books, Movies, and Music which entered the Public Domain in 2019 (Jan. 1, 2019)
- If you can't link to online resources available through the UNT Libraries, consider using Course e-Reserves
- Contact your Subject Librarian
- Contact the UNT Libraries Copyright Advisory Services
- Research in-depth information from other external sources in Resources
- To reach us, submit a consultation request or email CLEAR.Copyright@unt.edu