Copyright Guidelines

NC WiseOwl's Copyright Guidelines for Students:


Writing from a book, magazine, etc.

Up to 1000 words, but not more than 10% of the book or article



Up to 250 words (or the entire poem if it is less than 250 words)

No more than 3 poems by the same poet

No more than 5 poems from a collection of poetry


Photographs or drawings

Up to 5 graphics or photos from the same person

No more than 15 images from the same collection

Images can not be changed



Up to 3 minutes but no more than 10% of the entire video

The video clip may not be changed in any way



Up to 30 seconds but no more than 10% of sheet music

Up to 30 seconds but no more than 10% of a recording

The music can not be changed in any major way


Giving credit to your source

An opening screen of a presentation must indicate that it follows the "fair use" rules of the U.S. Copyright law

Copyright information for all items used must be included in a bibliography


[For more on copyright, see the original link here]           


 For more copyright information for educators, click here.

When creating a project, use one of these copyright-friendly resources instead:           


Still not sure how much of a copyrighted item you can use? See


District Policy on Copyright Compliance



·         NC WiseOwl Copyright Friendly Resources

For more copyright-friendly resources, see NC WiseOwl's links to graphics, audio, audiobooks, and text.

·         Smithsonian

This site offers over 767,000 images, sound files, and electronic journals that are free to use.

·         The Creative Element Advertising Images

Organized by Duke University, this site features numerous old advertising images that are free to use.

·         Discovery Education Clip Art Gallery

Clip art from Discovery Education.