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GEOG 128: Geography of International Affairs

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Digital storytelling often involves incorporating multimedia elements that someone else created, whether that's images, music, videos, or research. The United States protects people's intellectual property through copyright. This page will offer guidelines and resources for how to navigate copyright, so that you can utilize other people's works in a way that gives credit to the creator and doesn't get you in trouble with the law.

When can I use something?

Getting Permission to Use Copyrighted Material

Fair Use

Creative Commons

Public Domain

Giving Attribution

When attributing a multimedia work, there are four very important pieces of information that you need- Title, Author, Source, and License.

The source is necessary so that the image has a "paper trail" of sorts. Practically all works you find electronically will have a URL to link back to them.

The author is very important, and for most licenses you must reference the author.

The title is nice to have, especially if the author has given it a descriptive or artistic name. It is not as important as the others, but is helpful to readers to gain some more context from the work and for the author.

In this assignment, the license will probably only apply if the work is under a Creative Commons license. The license will tell you what you can and cannot do with the image.