Below are links to resources that help explain the concepts of copyright and public domain as well as to help you create your video. Many of these links will open as a PDF or take you to a tutorial video on the topic.

Copyright Explained

ALA Fair Use 101

ALA Fair Use Checklist

Clearance Copyright Center

Code of Best Practices for Fair Use in Online Video

Copyright and Fair Use (U.S. Copyright office)

Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines for Teachers and Students

Copyright and the Public Domain

Documentary Filmmakers Best Practices for Fair Use (link will open as a PDF) What is Fair Use?

PD Info Frequently Asked Questions

“Yes, you can!” – Where you don’t even need ‘fair use” (Center for Social Media):

General Information and Public Domain Resources

25+ Sources for Creative Commons Content

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

American Film Institute Tool Kit and Resource Guide for Young Filmmakers

Center for the Study of Public Domain

Creative Commons

Film Maker IQ

Finding Dulcinea: “Public Domain, Free Use and Copyleft Media”

Free Film Production Downloads

Listen Up! Production Tools

Tools and Utilities for Filmmakers

Image and Video Specific Resources
Many of these include free stock footage and backgrounds

Detonation Films




Public Domain Flicks

Vimeo Free Stock Footage


Audio Specific Resources and Closed Captioning

Audio resources


Creative Commons Music


Library of Congress National Jukebox

Adding Captions and Subtitles in YouTube

Adding Captions in YouTube – Video

Adding Captions in YouTube

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