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Copyright

Information for faculty & students about using copyrighted materials at RDC

About Copyright-Friendly Works

Copyright: When an original literary, dramatic, musical, or artistic work is created, copyright automatically applies. Learn more about using copyrighted materials at RDC on our Copyright Guide.

Copyright-friendly works typically fall under one of the following categories, which determine the extent to which they may be used, reused or modified.

Public Domain: Includes works that are no longer under copyright, so no permission is required.

Creative Commons: Flexible copyright licenses that allow copyright holders to decide for themselves who can share, reuse and build upon their creative works. There are six creative commons licenses:

Creative Commons Licenses

These licenses are comprised of a combination of four features:

BY = Attribution
You may distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work but must credit the author

NC = Non-Commercial
You may only use the work for non-commercial purposes

SA = Share-Alike
You must license your revised or remixed work under the identical terms

ND = No Derivatives
You are free to use and distribute the work but may not revise or remix it

Read more about Creative Commons Licenses.

Find Copyright-Friendly Images, Videos, & Music

These collections provide copyright-friendly images you can use freely as long as you abide by any terms of use provided by the owner of the content. 

Copyright: When an original literary, dramatic, musical, or artistic work is created, copyright automatically applies. Learn more about using copyrighted materials at RDC on our Copyright Guide.

Copyright-friendly works typically fall under one of the following categories, which determine the extent to which they may be used, reused or modified.

Public Domain: Includes works that are no longer under copyright, so no permission is required.

Creative Commons: Flexible copyright licenses that allow copyright holders to decide for themselves who can share, reuse and build upon their creative works. There are six creative commons licenses:

Creative Commons Licenses

These licenses are comprised of a combination of four features:

BY = Attribution
You may distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work but must credit the author

NC = Non-Commercial
You may only use the work for non-commercial purposes

SA = Share-Alike
You must license your revised or remixed work under the identical terms

ND = No Derivatives
You are free to use and distribute the work but may not revise or remix it

Read more about Creative Commons Licenses.

These websites provide copyright-friendly music you can use freely as long as you abide by any terms of use provided by the owner of the content.

Copyright: When an original literary, dramatic, musical, or artistic work is created, copyright automatically applies. Learn more about using copyrighted materials at RDC on our Copyright Guide.

Copyright-friendly works typically fall under one of the following categories, which determine the extent to whish they may be used, reused or modified.

Public Domain: Includes works that are no longer under copyright, so no permission is required.

Creative Commons: Flexible copyright licenses that allow copyright holders to decide for themselves who can share, reuse and build upon their creative works. There are six creative commons licenses:

Creative Commons Licenses

These licenses are comprised of a combination of four features:

BY = Attribution
You may distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work but must credit the author

NC = Non-Commercial
You may only use the work for non-commercial purposes

SA = Share-Alike
You must license your revised or remixed work under the identical terms

ND = No Derivatives
You are free to use and distribute the work but may not revise or remix it

Read more about Creative Commons Licenses.

These websites provide copyright-friendly videos you can use freely as long as you abide by any terms of use provided by the owner of the content.

Copyright: When an original literary, dramatic, musical, or artistic work is created, copyright automatically applies. Learn more about using copyrighted materials at RDC on our Copyright Guide.

Copyright-friendly works typically fall under one of the following categories, which determine the extent to whish they may be used, reused or modified.

Public Domain: Includes works that are no longer under copyright, so no permission is required.

Creative Commons: Flexible copyright licenses that allow copyright holders to decide for themselves who can share, reuse and build upon their creative works. There are six creative commons licenses:

Creative Commons Licenses

These licenses are comprised of a combination of four features:

BY = Attribution
You may distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work but must credit the author

NC = Non-Commercial
You may only use the work for non-commercial purposes

SA = Share-Alike
You must license your revised or remixed work under the identical terms

ND = No Derivatives
You are free to use and distribute the work but may not revise or remix it

Read more about Creative Commons Licenses.

Citing and Attributing Works

It is always recommended to follow the appropriate citation style rules for your discipline to cite any works you use. The following citation styles are commonly used at Red Deer College:

If you are using openly licensed works (e.g. public domain, creative commons), always attribute in the format the creator has indicated. If there are no instructions from the creator, try using the Open Attribution Builder from Open Washington.

For educators, the following document presents best practices for attributing and citing copyrighted works in your courses and presentations at the college: