Copyright Guidelines

General Guidelines:
You May use portions of legally acquired copyrighted works in your academic multimedia projects under the guidelines listed below.  These projects may not be posted to the Internet or used outside of school without permission of the copyright holder.

You must provide proper citations for all works used.

You must include the statement that your presentation has been prepared under the fair use exemption of the US Copyright Law and is restricted from further use.

Fair Use Guidelines for Multimedia



You may use a photograph or illustration in its entirety.

You may not use more that five images of an artist"s or photographer"s work.

If using works from a collection, you may use no more 10% or 15 images, whichever is less.


Resources found on the internet often use both copyrighted and public domain materials.  You should write for permission to use Internet Resources.

Motion Media: 

You may use up to 10% or 3 minutes of a video or DVD, whichever is less.

You cannot alter the clip in any manner.


Music :    

musicYou may use up to 10% or up to 30 seconds of a copyrighted musical composition.

 You may use up to 10% or up to 30 seconds of a sound recording.



bookYou may use up to 10% of a copyrighted work or 1000 words, whichever is less.


Entire Poem if less than 250 words
250 words or less if longer poem
No more than 5 poems (or excerpts) of different poets, from an anthology
Only 3 poems (or excerpts) per poet



Almost everything created after March 1, 1989, is copyrighted whether it has a notice or not.

Be sure to display the copyright information under pictures.  (year of first publication and name of copyright holder)

(Guidelines from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction)

Graphics from School Clip Art