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This is a humorous explanation of copyright policy Disney

Copyright policy
What is creative commons?
Creative Commons Video

So What Can I Use?


  • Up to 10% of a copyrighted work or 1000 words, whichever is less
  • Poems
  • Entire poem if less than 250 words
  • 250 words or less if longer poem
  • No more than 5 poems (or excerpts) of different poets, from an anthology
  • Only 3 poems (or excerpts) per poet
Motion Media
  • Up to 10% of a copyrighted work or 3 minutes, whichever is less
  • Clip cannot be altered in any way
  • A photograph or illustration may be used in its entirety
  • No more than 5 images of an artist's or photographer's work
  • When using a collection, no more than 10% or no more than 15 images, whichever is less
  • Photos cannot be rebroadcasted on the Internet (Ex: Podcasting)
  • Up to 10% of a copyrighted musical composition, but no more than 30 seconds
  • Up to 10% of a body of sound recording, but no more than 30 seconds
  • Any alterations cannot change the basic melody or the fundamental character of the work
  • Internet resources often combine both copyrighted and public domain sites; therefore care should be used in downloading any sites for use in multimedia presentations.
  • Until further clarification, educators and students are advised to write for permission to use Internet resources and to be mindful of the copyright ramifications of including embedded additional links to that particular site.

Copyright Updated

NEW! 11/18/08

The Center for Social Media in the School of Communication at American University, the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property in American University Washington College of Law, and the Media Education Lab of Temple University are conducting a project 2007-2009 to clarify fair use in media education, with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. This project will help media literacy educators understand their rights under the doctrine of fair use in order to help them more effectively use media as an essential part of their teaching.

Center for Social Media Fair Use Update Site