Skip to main content

Copyright Information: Finding copyright-friendly resources

Copyright-Friendly Resources

Copyright-friendly resources are ones that fall outside of traditional copyright restrictions. These resources may be published using an open access model, may exist in the public domain, or may be covered under alternative licensing agreements such as Creative Commons.

Just because someone uploaded a media file to the Internet and then added an open license of some sort does not mean that person fully understood copyright law. Always use your critical thinking skills to evaluate whether the person who uploaded an image, movie or other media file had the right to do so! This may mean assessing whether the resource is in the public domain or assessing whether the person owned the rights to the resource in the first place.


Content on this page has been copied and adapted from the "Copyright at UBC" website, created by the University of British Columbia under a CC BY 4.0 International License.

Have a copyright question?

If, after browsing this guide, you still have questions or require additional information please contact, or 403.440.6618.

Student drop-in office hours on the main floor of the RLLC will resume in September, 2019.