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Risks Involved

Avoiding Copyright Risk When Using Text, Images, Video, or Audio

In the table below:

  • Low Risk means you're probably safe from any potential legal action.  
  • Risky means you need to proceed with caution.  Materials in this category require you to obtain permission to use them, or seek legal exemption by appropriately applying Fair Use guidelines.

Text Source
Public Domain Your Own Works Open Access Creative Commons Licensed by UNT Copyright Protected
Publisher No Risk Check with publisher
(Risk is low if you reserved rights)
Low Risk Check with the Publisher Depends on license Depends on license Risky
Internet pages No Risk Low risk — Specify the usage permission Low Risk Depends on license Depends on license Risky
Social Media No Risk Low Risk — Specify usage permission N/A Depends on license Depends on license Risky
UNT Images No Risk Check with URCM Low Risk verify with URCM Depends on license Depends on license Risky
Scanned from printed materials No Risk Low Risk Specify usage permission Low Risk Depends on license Depends on license Risky
Unpublished No Risk Low Risk Specify usage permissions Low Risk N/A N/A Risky
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