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Copyright help @ UNC

Scholarly Communications Office, UNC-CH Lbraries
Provides copyright information and education to students, faculty, and staff through consultations, presentations, and classes.

Fair Use guide
This guide explains what fair use is and provides example scenarios and analysis resources to help you evaluate whether fair use can be acceptably applied for your own circumstances.

Fair Use Evaluator

A tool to help users understand the 'fairness' of a use and provide a record of an evaluation.

Legal Research

Intellectual Property Law
Intellectual property--broadly defined as creations of the mind that come in the form of creative works, inventions or marks--is protected by a collection of overlapping legal regimes that includes Patent, Copyright, and Trademark.

Media Law
This guide is designed to familiarize users with the resources that may be used for conducting research into various areas of media law, such as Constitutional Law with First Amendment and Prior Restraint issues; Torts with defamation, invasion of privacy/right of privacy, and false light; Intellectual Property with copyright and trademark issues; Newsgathering with privilege/shield laws and public records/sunshine laws; and Administrative Law with FCC and FTC issues.


U.S. Copyright Office
Provides information on copyright basics, information circulars and pamphlets, copyright registration, forms, and more.

Creative Commons
Learn more about Creative Commons licensing and search for CC-licensed works.

Attributing Creative Commons material

Learn more about how to write a Creative Commons attribution.

Media & Design Center Staff

The Media & Design Center staff are available to answer your questions on using equipment, finding films, and creating posters or podcasts!  

Need instruction for your students in the Adobe Creative Suite or WordPress? We can help!


Media & Design Center
Undergraduate Library
CB# 3942
Chapel Hill, NC 27599

Additional Resources

Center for the Study of the Public Domain
The Center for the Study of the Public Domain at Duke Law School is the first university center in the world devoted to promote research and scholarship on the contributions of the public domain to speech, culture, science and innovation, to promote debate about the balance needed in our intellectual property system and to translate academic research into public policy solutions.

Finding Movies in the Public Domain
Learn what a public domain movie is, how to find movies in the public domain, and other resources.