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Trademarks Home. Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video. June 2008Click here to view or download a PDF of this report.

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video

Report by: The Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property,American University Washington College of LawThe Center for Media & Social Impact,American University With funding from: The Ford Foundation,by way of the Future of Public Media Project Introduction Background Best Practices 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Conclusion Common Fair Use Myths Notes Getting to Know Your Code of Best Practices What This Is This document is a code of best practices that helps creators, online providers, copyright holders, and others interested in the making of online video interpret the copyright doctrine of fair use. This is a guide to current acceptable practices, drawing on the actual activities of creators, as discussed among other places in the study Recut, Reframe, Recycle: Quoting Copyrighted Material in User-Generated Video and backed by the judgment of a national panel of experts.

What This Isn't How This Document Was Created Back to top. Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States. Notes 1.

Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States

This chart was first published in Peter B. Hirtle, "Recent Changes To The Copyright Law: Copyright Term Extension," Archival Outlook, January/February 1999. This version is current as of . The most recent version is found at For some explanation on how to use the chart and complications hidden in it, see Peter B. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. The copyright notice for phonorecords embodying a sound recording is different from that for other works. Creative Commons Licenses. Our public copyright licenses incorporate a unique and innovative “three-layer” design.

Creative Commons Licenses

Each license begins as a traditional legal tool, in the kind of language and text formats that most lawyers know and love. We call this the Legal Code layer of each license. But since most creators, educators, and scientists are not in fact lawyers, we also make the licenses available in a format that normal people can read — the Commons Deed (also known as the “human readable” version of the license). The Commons Deed is a handy reference for licensors and licensees, summarizing and expressing some of the most important terms and conditions.

Think of the Commons Deed as a user-friendly interface to the Legal Code beneath, although the Deed itself is not a license, and its contents are not part of the Legal Code itself. Searching for open content is an important function enabled by our approach. Public domain photos. Learn how to identify public domain photos.

Public domain photos

Public domain photos? Those are any photos posted on the Web, right? Wrong. The mere fact that a photograph is posted on the web does not mean it’s in the public domain. So don’t help yourself to others’ photos unless you have permission or you know the photo is free to use — and free to use the way you intend. Learn where you can find public domain photographs » A hypothetical ... Sandro Botticelli, The Birth of Venus (c. 1482-83).

Imagine that you want to use a photo of Botticelli’s Birth of Venus on your web site. The fee you’ll have to pay will depend on how and where you want to use the image, and for how long. How do you know if a photo is in the public domain? How to determine a photograph is in the public domain Copyright notices are no longer required in the US, so you should never assume that lack of a notice means a photo isn’t protected by copyright. So how can you tell? Caveat! Nixon and Elvis, 1970.