Copyright is a legal right, grounded in the United States Constitution, that gives the owner of copyright in a work the exclusive right to:
Original works, whether or not published, that exist in a tangible medium that can be touched, seen, heard, read and fall into one of the following categories are protected by copyright.
Copyright applies to a wide variety of works including, but not limited to:
These works are protected from the moment they are in a fixed format regardless of whether they contain a copyright notice or copyright has been registered.
Items not protected include, but are not limited to:
Creative Commons is the most, if not the only, copyright license used for open educational resources. It allows the user to share their work while still protecting their rights as a creator, but also allowing their work to be used and shared primarily without compensation. Use the image searcher below to find images using Creative Commons licensing.