Copyright for Digital Media

The IMMJ program takes copyright seriously. If your assignments include music, images or graphics that you don’t have permission to use, regardless of your intentions –  your work may fail assessment under academic misconduct (depending on the seriousness of the case). Copyright infringement also constitutes professional misconduct and you also put yourself in risk of legal action. This guide provides a guide and resources regarding copyright for students using images, video, and music for assignments.

What is Copyright? – Copyright is a legal right that exists in most countries, that gives people ownership over the things they create. It could be a painting, a photograph, a poem a piece of music, a map – whatever it is, whoever created it, owns it. No one else (unless they have the owners explicit permission) can use their stuff. That means nobody can:

  • reproduce the work
  • use it to create derivative works
  • distribute copies of the work
  • display the work publicly

Please note, attribution (giving a byline) does not mean you can use anyone else’s work. Imagine if someone stole your pictures from your website to use in their work and simply gave you a credit. Just because it’s on the internet does not mean you can use it!

So if you’re looking for material to use or reuse, you should not do any of the things above without:

  • asking permission
  • buying permission
  • confirming that the work is in the public domain, which means that the copyright has expired and all of the above rights have been forfeited.
  • confirming that the work has a creative commons license

What are Creative Commons? – Pretty much everything you need to know in this clear, concise video

Music You Can Use – When using any of the sources listed below, check the copyright and/or licensing agreement associated with each source. Not all music on these sites are free to use but many are

Images You Can Use – When using any of the sources listed below, check the copyright and/or licensing agreement associated with each source. Not all images on these sites are free to use but many are

Video You Can Use – When using any of the sources listed below, check the copyright and/or licensing agreement associated with each source. Not all video on these sites are free to use but many are

An exception to the rule – Fair Use – There is an exception to the rule of copyright – that is Fair Use, which allows for some limited use of copyrighted material without requiring permission from the copyright holder. Take a look at these resources for more information.

 

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