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Multimedia Resources

Covers copyright issues; websites that contain audio clips, video clips, and pictures; and how to find multimedia resources in the Reynolds Libraries.

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Covers copyright issues; websites that contain audio clips, video clips, and pictures; and how to find multimedia resources in the Reynolds Libraries.

As always, if you have any questions or need help with your research, please contact us.

Copyright Issues

When searching for multimedia (audio clips, video clips, pictures) on the internet, you should always assume that any media you come across is copyrighted, unless stated otherwise next to the picture or clip or on the web site.  Finding any media on the Internet does not automatically grant you rights to use it for any purpose other than viewing or listening to the media on the web. 

Before downloading or using any media, check for any copyright and usage restrictions.  Most web sites provide information and guidelines for the downloading or use of media contained on the site.  If a picture or clip is labeled as being in the public domain, then it is available for public use.  Many websites also allow use of media for non-commercial or educational purposes only.  It is your responsibility to follow the guidelines for the use of media from individual web sites. Some of the sites ask that you provide credit to the web site in addition to a link back to the original location.

For more information on copyright and fair use, see the library's Copyright Issues guide.