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ENGL 401 - First-Year Writing: Rich Media: Jackman (UNH Durham)

**Required Language in Rich Media Projects**

If you are including any text, images, or audio that are not your own creation, your rich media project should provide

  • a notice of use restrictions on the opening page (see section 6.3, and include text starting with "certain materials are included..." to the end of the sentence)
    • "Certain materials are included under the fair use exemption of the U.S. Copyright Law and have been prepared according to the multimedia fair use guidelines and are restricted from further use."
  • acknowledgement and attribution through a credit section (see section 6.2, first paragraph for what copyright owner information needs to be included in addition to the basic citation)
    • "Crediting the source must adequately identify the source of the work, giving a full bibliographic description where available (including author, title, publisher, and place and date of publication). The copyright ownership information includes the copyright notice (©, year of first publication and name of the copyright holder)."

The above text is from sections 6.2 and 6.3 of the Fair Use Guidelines for Educational Multimedia, which are part of the Crash Course in Copyright (version 1), a tutorial on copyright created by Georgia Harper, University of Texas System.


If you are including photos, video, etc. that belong to you or your family, this is the recommended citation for your rich media project:

  • [Title or Description] is the personal property of the [Last Name] family and is copyright protected.


  • Photos of summer camping trip are the personal property of the Smith family and are copyright protected.


Some ways to type the copyright symbol ©:

  • MS Word: AutoCorrect converts (c) to ©
  • Mac: Press Option and g
  • PC: Press Alt and type 0169 on the numeric keypad

Fair Use Evaluation Tools


Copyright is a complex area of law.

Copying, modifying, displaying or distributing the work of others may require determining if

  • the work is in the public domain,
  • whether your use of it is covered by fair use (or another exemption)
  • whether permission needs to be obtained from the copyright owner

The links below provide general information but not legal advice.

What is Creative Commons?

From the CC website:

"Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.

Our free, easy-to-use copyright licenses provide a simple, standardized way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work — on conditions of your choice. CC licenses let you easily change your copyright terms from the default of “all rights reserved” to “some rights reserved.”

Creative Commons licenses are not an alternative to copyright. They work alongside copyright and enable you to modify your copyright terms to best suit your needs."

Parker Media Lab

The Parker Media Lab and Multimedia Center support the instruction and research needs of UNH's faculty and students by providing facilities, collections and expertise for researching, viewing and producing a wide range of media.

The Multimedia Center is open when Dimond Library is open. The Parker Media Lab space isn't open during the Fall 2020 semester and equipment checkouts aren't available. Support and consultation is still available by calling the IT Help Desk at 603-862-4242 or submitting an online request at Selected online resources are listed below.

Royalty-free Images

Remember that you must have the right to use the images you are including in your project. 

These sites search for images with open licenses.  Some require you to credit the artist or photographer:

Music Sources

Image Databases at UNH

Google Images

Use Advanced Image Search to refine searches to specific content or file types, color or black-and-white, or usage rights (such as "free to use, share or modify")

Please note: Exercise caution when using material downloaded from websites as the Internet contains a mix of works protected by copyright and works in the public domain.

Viewing an image online doesn't automatically mean that you can reuse or copy it without permission or payment.