Working on a presentation or a paper? Want to add some images, sound clips, or videos to liven things up? Worried about violating copyright? This guide will introduce you to the concept of copyright and will teach you how to find images, sound clips, and videos that you can use safely. Remember to always include a citation for an media you include in your presentation. Even if it's copyright-free, you still need to cite it to avoid plagiarism and to let your audience know where you found it. (See our Citing Sources Guide for more information on citing sources.)
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The United States Copyright Office provides the following definition for copyright:
Because copyright covers both published and unpublished works, you are already a copyright holder, even if you don't have any published works. For example, for any email that you send, a paper that you write, a photograph that you take, or a video that you create, you own the copyright.
Copyright owners control:
This video provides an entertaining and informative introduction to copyright:
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