Copyright Information

What is Public Domain?

The public domain is a range of materials which are not owned or controlled by anyone. The term indicates that these materials are therefore "public property". The public domain is most often discussed in contrast to works whose use is restricted by copyright. (

What is Fair Use?

"Fair use is a doctrine in United States copyright law that allows limited use of copyrighted material without requiring permission from the rights holders, such as use for scholarship or review." (
KEY WORDS: 'limited' and 'scholarship'

For more information, go to this website:


'Fair Use" allows you to use 30 seconds or 10% of a song (whichever is shorter) ~ ANY song, even copyrighted songs!

WSSD has purchased the Soundzabound Royalty Free Music that is found on the student server when in school, or use your username and password for email to get to this music when you are not in school:

For additional music sources that are 'Copyright Friendly':


Copyrighted images may not be used without the owner's permission. There are many websites that offer 'Copyright Friendly' images, clipart, and photos:
Wikimedia Commons
School Discovery Education

List of Creative Commons Sites:

HOW to Cite Your Sources:

Below are 2 PDF files that have been developed by WSSD Librarians as a guide on the correct way to cite your sources (bibliography).

external image pdf.png 3rd and 4th Grade Citations.pdf
external image pdf.png 5th Grade Citations.pdf

Remember to ALWAYS cite where you got your stuff (even photos)! Even stuff that is 'Copyright Friendly' still must be cited, you just don't need the owners permission to use it. Copyrighted material may not be used without the owner's permission

Parental Permission:

Teachers *MUST* obtain a signed permission form before using a student's photo on ANYTHING that is accessible on the internet, even if it is a password protected. Here is a 'generic' permission form that can be modified for your classroom:
external image msword.png internetrelease.doc