This section of the guide lists source for finding media - images, video & audio - that you can download to use in projects. Many are sources that are public domain (not in copyright) or have an open license that allow reuse (such as Creative Commons) so that you can use them freely in your project without needing to seek permission.
If you'd like to use media under copyright that doesn't have an open license, you should consider a four factor fair use analysis. See the box below for more information, or use this handy checklist from Columbia.
Fair Use is built into the copyright law to address the tensions between the rights given to the copyright holder and freedom of speech. If you want to use copyrighted material without requesting permission from the copyright holder, you must engage in a four factor Fair Use analysis.
Tufts' policy is that it is up to you to decide if the use may be fair or not based on the Four Factor analysis, however, help is available! Contact Andrea Schuler, Copyright & Open Scholarship Librarian, with any questions.
1) Purpose and character of the use
2) Nature of the copyrighted work
4) Market Impact
Aufderheide and Jaszi, in their book Reclaiming Fair Use, argue that while you need to ask yourself all four questions to conduct a Fair Use analysis, the courts have shown they are most interested in the answers to the following three questions (24).