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PEAC 204: Conflict & Transformation: Copyright & Fair Use

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Harry Potter Can Fly

Wesley Fryer - Harry Potter Can Fly

Homegrown, Public Domain, Creative Commons, Fair Use


    Create it yourself


Public Domain:

According to the U.S Copyright Office:

A work of authorship is in the “public domain” if it is no longer under copyright protection or if it failed to meet the requirements for copyright protection. Works in the public domain may be used freely without the permission of the former copyright owner. “


    Pre-1923, No copyright permission needed, oft expired,

    Pretty comprehensive list of what falls under public domain


Creative Commons:

    <-- Generally speaking, safe to use creative commons licensed content unless it is designated ND. (you’ll be modifying them by incorporating them in your stories)


Fair Use:

Rich Stim at Stanford University

“In its most general sense, a fair use is any copying of copyrighted material done for a limited and “transformative” purpose, such as to comment upon, criticize, or parody a copyrighted work. Such uses can be done without permission from the copyright owner. In other words, fair use is a defense against a claim of copyright infringement. If your use qualifies as a fair use, then it would not be considered an illegal infringement. - See more at:

Other Resources

LibGuide - Specialized Guide - Media for use in course projects - most offer advanced searches which allow you to limit by creative commons - you’re looking for work which can be modified or adapted


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