Article I, Section 8, Clause 8 of the United States Constitution, states: "The Congress shall have power...To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries..."
U.S. copyright law gives all creators near perfect control over their creation, with a set of rights that only they may exercise. These include the right to make copies, to prepare derivative works, to publicly distribute, display and perform the work, and (in the case of digital sound recordings) to perform the works over a digital network. (source)
For an overview of copyright and issues related to education and fair use, we recommend reviewing:
There are four ways that you can use copyrighted material:
Please note that not all materials listed on the sites below are in the public domain or have the permission of the creator for you to use. It is the responsibility of you, the individual using the material, to determine copyright status.
This is not a comprehensive list! There are many more places to find content on the web.
Randall Library has created a Canvas module* entitled "Using Images from the Web." This module will introduce your students to the legal and ethical principles surrounding the use of online media.
To install the module into your Canvas course, open the Canvas Commons and search for either the module title ("Using Images from the Web") or just "Randall Library." You can preview the module before importing and will be able to edit / customize it afterwards.
*Note: this content is already included in the ENG 101 library modules