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Media, Communication and Journalism

Research guide for students enrolled in MCJ classes.

Film Databases

The following are film databases that the library subscribes to:

Creative Commons

A Creative Commons License allows for the free use and distribution of a work, as long as you follow the conditions set by the creator.  There are a number of different Creative Commons Licenses, so make sure you familiarize yourself with the license of a specific work before you use it.

Fair Use

Fair use is a legal doctrine that promotes freedom of expression by permitting the unlicensed use of copyright-protected works in certain circumstances

Four factors are considered when evaluating a question of fair use:

  1. Purpose and character of the use, including whether the use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes
  2. Nature of the copyrighted work
  3. Amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole
  4. Effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work

Stanford University Libraries has a good overview of fair use and some guidelines for claiming fair use.