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Copyright Center for CPS Online (UNH Manchester Library): Use & Attribution of Video & Audio

A public domain image is defined as a photograph, clip art or vector whose copyright has expired or has never been under copyright. However, you can not assume that images found openly on the web are in the public domain. Rather, a bot of research will be needed before your can legally use an image in your class. There are several actions you can take:

  • Use images from Sites that Contain only Images in the public Domain
  • Use Google's  Image Search qualified by "Usage Rights"
  • Use images from the US government's sites: NOTE: Most, but not all, images are in the public domain. Read the fine print.
  • Use resources listed in the section below

Quick List of Resources


Dance Online: Dance in Video
Five hundred hours of dance productions and documentaries by the most influential performers and companies of the 20th century. Selections cover ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, experimental, and improvisational dance, as well as forerunners of the forms and the pioneers of modern concert dance.

Digital Theatre Plus
Streaming video of full plays, musicals, and operas from contemporary British companies, plus educational materials about the plays and their creative and technical production.

Drama Online
Along with playscripts and ebooks, Drama Online now includes video and audio from Globe on Screen and L.A. Theatre Works.

Electronic Arts Intermix Educational Streaming
More than 500 full-length videos from EAI's extensive catalog of video, media, and performance art from the 1960s to the present.

How to Find CC Licensed Video
Over 1600 videos of opera, ballet, and classical music concerts, along with documentaries and artist profiles. Search and browse by artist, composer, director, etc.

Met Opera on Demand
More than 450 recordings of Metropolitan Opera productions, in streaming HD, video, or audio, dating from the 1930s to the present.

Music and Dance Online
Searches across the following Alexander Street Press databases (some are individually linked above):

Naxos Video Library
Over 1580 full-length videos of classical music performances, opera, ballet, live concerts and documentaries. Search and browse genres, composers, labels, artists, and production personnel.
Streaming HD video of contemporary dance, theater, and music performances from Seattle-based company On the Boards.

Opera in Video (Alexander Street Press)
Five hundred hours of streaming video of the most important opera performances: staged productions, interviews, and documentaries. Selections represent the world’s best performers, conductors, and opera houses and are based on a work’s importance to the operatic canon.

Theatre Online: Theatre in Video
More than 250 definitive performances of the world's leading plays, together with more than 100 film documentaries, totaling more than 500 hours of streaming video representing hundreds of leading playwrights, actors and directors.

For GSC faculty using media in their online class, the following guidelines are suggested:

         List the Resource and include the attribution statement

This video features the song "Desaprendere (Treatment)" by fourstones, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license.

Mention the credits within the media itself. For example, crediting videos can be a simple list of the materials used with their associated licenses in a screen at the end of a video. For audio, it can be a verbal recitation of credits at the end of the recording.

Video example 1: "Science Commons" by Jesse Dylan - see attribution starting at 1:52
Video example 2: "Video Editing and Shot Techniques: Study of jump cuts, match cuts and cutaways " video by New Media Rights - see attribution starting at 3:21
Audio example: "Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom" by Cory Doctorow read aloud. Mastered by John Taylor Williams - listen to attribution starting at 17:08