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Media Services policy

Media Services cannot duplicate copyrighted material without permission from the copyright holder, except under the limited scope of Fair Use. If you have questions about fair use of media, or need information about obtaining permission to use or duplicate, please contact Craig Johnson (605-274-4382).

Augustana ITS Policy Website

Fair Use and permissions

The Digital Millenium Copyright Act (1998)
The DMCA made it illegal to circumvent technological protections placed on media, such as DVDs, by publishers. In the 2010 rulemaking process certain exemptions pertaining to academic use of DVDs were approved. This website from the University of Minnesota explains the Act and the more recent exemptions.

The following article explores the copyright issues surrounding student use of media when creating multimedia projects.

McGrail, E, & McGrail, J. P. (2010). Copying right and copying wrong with web 2.0 tools in the teacher education and communications classrooms. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 10(3). Retrieved from

Copyright and royalty-free image websites

Public Domain Pictures

Copyright Free Photos

Flikr Creative Commons

Creative Commons website

Public Domain Photos
(Be sure to scroll past the Google ads to get to the free images)

Environmental Education Station

PD Photo
(Click on Find)

Google Images
(Add the terms "copyright free" to your search--even then, not all will be free)

Wikimedia Commons


When using image and audio files from the web that are marked creative commons, royalty-free, or copyright-free, be aware that there still might be licensing restrictions on the use of the media. Such restrictions can be anything from a simple request that you cite the creator, to charging a fee to download the file. Most websites will have a link to information about how the files can be used. (Example) Take a little time to explore these pages before you download and use the files in your project. Files that are in the public domain are copyright free, and safe to use.

Public domain and copyright-free audio websites

Library collection--Music & sound effects on CD

BBC Sounds Effects Library
   A 40-CD collection of sound effects

   Call number: Y BBCS BSE B01

Extreme Music Library (from Films for the Humanities)
   2 12-CD collections of original
   compositions for use as backgrounds in
   film or video productions

   Call number: J Section of CDs
                     Then alpha by title