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Ethical and Legal Considerations for Using Content You Didn’t CreateA Heuristic for Evaluating Media (Images, Sounds, Videos) and Determining and Justifying Using Them in Your ProjectsYou’re considering using a piece of media (an image, sound, or video). You need to determine if you are legally and ethically justified in using this content.Will I use it in a project that only my teacher and classmates will see (that is, it’s not being posted online)?You are free to use this both legally and ethically as long as you give attribution to the copyright owner. This is part offair use: You can use copyrighted material in projects for education. The law is fuzzier when it comes to publishing others’ content to the web, because that publication could affect the copyrighted work’s value.YesNoWas the content created by a government organization or agency?YesNoThen the content is in the public domain and is free to use and reuse.Content created by government agencies (like Supreme Court opinions, laws, DNR licensing information) are not copyrighted.

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