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Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons: Public Domain

Confused about what you can and can't use in educational presentations? Is fair use a blanket protection for teachers? Here are some resources to help you and your students navigate the murky waters of copyright.

The Public Domain

The public domain refers to works which are not protected by copyright. The copyright restrictions have sometimes expired or the creators have given up their claim through Creative Commons or alternative licensing. This is not synonymous with available on the internet. 

Easy to copy does not mean free to copy.

 

Resources

Public Domain Frequently Asked Questions from Teaching Copyright

Public Domain Information Project Primarily focused on music.

The Internet Archive Millions of public domain books and documents. Great source of primary documents.

Project Gutenberg Thousands of public domain ebooks.