Finding and using media

Aims and Objectives

This module will:

  • show you how to source media (including images, video, and audio) for your assignments
  • help you to understand copyright and licencing obligations so that you can ethically reuse media.

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • locate licenced and public domain materials
  • create appropriate attribution statements.

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Module summary

 "No copyright infringement intended"

  • Before using someone else's work, you must consider the copyright status of the work, any relevant licence conditions, and the moral rights of the creator. Failing to do so could negatively affect your university or work project and open you up to legal liability.


  • Copyright is a type of intellectual property which protects the rights of creators to determine how their works may be used, including whether they can be copied.
  • Certain uses of a copyright-protected work will not infringe on copyright. This is known as a fair dealing exemption. Using the work for the purposes of study or teaching falls under fair dealing.

 Licences and attribution

  • A licence grants you permission to use a copyright-protected work without infringing copyright but may stipulate how you use the work, and how the creator expects to be credited.
  • Creative Commons offers public copyright licences, which are non-exclusive and written in plain English.

 Finding licenced works

  • You can find free and paid for images, audio and video content by using search engines or browsing stock collections. 

 Finding public domain works

  • A public work is one in which the copyright protection has expired, or it did not comply with the requirements of copyright in the first place.
  • Identifying public domain works can be complicated, and it is best to get copyright advice if you need it.

Duration:   Approximately 30 minutes

Graduate attributes

Knowledge and skills you can gain to contribute to your Graduate attributes:

 Critical judgement

  Ethical and social understanding

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