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Copyright: Visual & Digital Resources

This guide is intended to help HPU students and faculty navigate some academic copyright issues and find free-to-use media resources such as audio, images, and video for use in multimedia projects and assignments.



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Navigating Media Copyright

Using media materials such as audio, images, and video has become popular in multimedia assignments, ePortfolios, websites, blogs, and more.  But the copyright of this material can be tricky and limits the media which you can use in these projects.  This guide is intended to educate you on some copyright issues, help you navigate free media resources with mostly unrestricted copyright, and to better educate patrons about why media intellectural property issues matter for educational projects and the professional world.  

Check out the Art & Design Research Guide for more information about researching art and design topics, as well as links out to images and visual resources.  


Copyright is complicated, but it is easy and generally recommended to cite your sources, including audio, image, and video.  

HPU Citation Guides

Citing Creative Commons Photographs

Why Does Copyright Matter?

Copyright Perspectives: The Job Interview
Copyright Perspectives: Spring Break
Copyright Perspectives: No, You Stole It

Videos taken from Penn State's Copyright Perspectives