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Faculty & Staff: Copyright

ECU faculty and staff, this guide outlines all of the resources and services available to you!

About This Page

This is your page for copyright information, quick tips and resources.  For more detailed questions about copyright, check with your librarian.


Copyright Timeline

Since the Statute of Anne almost three hundred years ago, U.S. law has been revised to broaden the scope of copyright, to change the term of copyright protection, and to address new technologies. For several years, the U.S. has considered and acted on copyright reform.  (opens a new tab)







The purpose of the LCA is to work toward a unified voice and common strategy for the library community in responding to and developing proposals to amend national and international copyright law and policy for the digital environment. The LCA’s mission is to foster global access to and fair use of information for creativity, research, and education. (opens a new tab)

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Re:Create represents a cross-section of creators, advocates, thinkers, users, and consumers who stand for a copyright system grounded in the Founders’ promise to “promote the progress of science and useful arts.”  (opens a new tab)

Copyright on the Internet

Cheat Sheet for Instructors

Copyright Cheat Sheet

Creative Commons Statement

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Original content by Linscheid Library is Creative Commons licensed as 4.0 (CC-BY-NC). Links and all other content retains its original license. 


Attribution – Noncommercial 4.0 (CC-BY-NC).  Anyone is free to share and adapt works for non-commercial purposes under this license as long as they give credit for the original creation.  Attribution should be given to “Linscheid Library.”  These materials are made accessible under this license to assist and further the educational efforts of others. 

Common Copyright Scenarios

Find Free Content

Discover 34,619,208 images, texts, videos, and sounds from across the United States. (opens a new tab)

Search for free content in the public domain and under Creative Commons licenses. (opens a new tab)

Over 1 million+ high quality stock images and videos shared by our talented community. (opens a new tab)

Project Gutenberg offers over 59,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. You will find the world's great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired. (opens a new tab)

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Pexels provides the best free stock photos and videos shared by talented creators. (opens a new tab)

Streaming Video

Academic Video Online


Films on Demand