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Copyright Resources for Students and Teachers

Copyright issues are becoming a major problem at all levels of school. From students and parents to faculty and administrators, copyright can affect everyone.

Luckily, the school librarian is an excellent resource for all things copyright

Check out some of the websites below:

The following links provide Public Domain and "Free to Use" images.

The New York Public Library has released free to use Public Domain Collections. This collection provides more than 180,000 items from their Digital Collection


The Los Angeles County Museum of Art recently created an online collection freely available to the public. It provides around 20,000 high-quality public domain images for visitors to download

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress provides thousands of great resources for education. Please check out the Primary Resources for tons of documents and photos

Image result for creative commons Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that promotes the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools. Choose licenses to ensure your work is properly used. Also, find public domain images, music and other media freely available to search and use. Click here to begin a search.

More Resources:


This tool helps users make a U.S. Copyright Code "fair use" determination. A time-stamped PDF document is provided to the user as evidence to demonstrate that a good-faith effort was made to reach the fair use decision.

It does not provide legal advice on copyright and fair use issues. 


A checklist tool for making a fair use determination based on the specific facts of individual situations. 


This site provides a copyright digital slider for students trying to determine whether or not an item is in the public domain. Easy to follow directions are on the website.

A program designed to help users make copyright determination for a specific image, work of art, designed object, or portion of a built environment. If you need help, just ask your librarian.