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Fair Use Checklist
Guide to help show how any use of copyright materials may have a strong (or weak) argument for fair use. Created by the University of Louisville.
US Copyright Office
Official source of copyright law information, including forms and procedures for registering musical works for copyright protection.
Broadcast Music Inc.
Provides a searchable database of who owns 7.5 million song titles.
Public Domain Music
Searchable list of music in the public domain as well as information about intellectual property with respect to musical works. There are many more sites you might want to explore using public domain music as your search term.
Image & Photo Resources
Here are a few resources for photos. Remember to check for Copyright Clearance and permission to use:
Associated Press news photographs, 1826 to present.
Here are a few resources for footage. Remember to check for Copyright Clearance and permission to post:
A Franco-German and European public service TV channel that supports creativity and culture through programs that are broadcast 24/7 throughout Europe and beyond. The founders of ARTE believed that a joint television channel should bring French and German citizens closer on a cultural level and promote cultural integration throughout Europe.
Footage.net is the world’s largest online aggregator of stock footage databases, providing serious footage researchers with free access to the most comprehensive roster of stock, archival and news footage indexes online.
Internet Archive: Moving Images Archive
"This library contains thousands of digital movies uploaded by Archive users which range from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to cartoons and concerts. Many of these videos are available for free download."
Internet Archive: FedFlix
"Welcome to FedFlix, Joint Venture NTIS-1832 between the National Technical Information Service and Public.Resource.Org. Here we feature the best movies of the United States Government, from training films to history, from our national parks to the U.S. Fire Academy and the Postal Inspectors, all of these fine flix are available for reuse without any restrictions whatsoever."
Contemporary News Including Today
Specific E-Newspapers available through UW Libraries:
Searchable News Databases:
Library Press Reader
Hundreds of current (last 60 days only) newspapers from more than 95 countries, displayed in their original page image format.
Current international, national & regional newspapers, 1980 - present.
Articles from major newspapers and legal publications.
Washington State, national & regional newspapers, 1980 - present
Historical News Resources
Here are a few resources for sounds. Remember to check for Copyright Clearance and permission to use:
Database of Recorded American Music (DRAM)
DRAM contains 3,000 albums from 26 independent labels, representing folk to opera, Native American to jazz, 19th century classical to early rock, musical theater, contemporary, electronic, art, jazz and world musics.