Dos & Don'ts of Copyright & Trademark Compliance

Last Updated: 07/06/2022 16:35

The following is a concise reference for copyright and trademark compliance best practices. It is not intended to constitute or substitute for detailed information or legal advice. If you have any questions or concerns about any use of copyrighted work or trademarks, please submit a request here and we will be happy to provide detailed information.  If you require legal advice, please contact the Office of General Counsel.



Green Checkmark Link to third party web sites/pages that contain copyrighted works red minus iconLink to content you know or should have reason to know is unlicensed or pirated (e.g., a feature length Hollywood movie in YouTube)
Green CheckmarkUse public domain works made prior to 1928, freely red minus iconCopy entire documents, images, or video (always assume a work is copyrighted)
Green CheckmarkUse your or UNT's own creative works, since we are the copyright owners! red minus iconUse another's unpublished work without their express, written permission
Green CheckmarkRequest graphic design services from CLEAR red minus iconModify a copyrighted image & use the new version (it will be an unauthorized "derivative work")
Green CheckmarkUse these select web sites to find images for your course red minus iconUse Google, Bing, or Yahoo to find images for use in your course
Green CheckmarkUse works licensed under Creative Commons terms red minus iconOmit an attribution for any work licensed under Creative Commons terms which requires it
Green CheckmarkUse a screenshot of a software interface red minus iconUse a pirated or unlicensed copy of software -or- screenshot of a web page
Green CheckmarkReformat (change the font face, color scheme, and order/arrangement) and republish freely available third-party data red minus iconMake an exact copy of a table or graph (the design/layout is copyrighted)
Green CheckmarkQuote/excerpt small portions of a work (5% or less is the target, but under 10% may be passable) red minus iconCopy 10% or more of a work -or- Omit citations
Green CheckmarkUse a still frame image from a video when linking to a web site hosting the video red minus iconUse a still frame image from a video for any purpose not directly pedagogical
Green CheckmarkUse a work you co-authored, unless a work made-for-hire red minus iconUse a work made-for-hire created at a previous employer, without written permission
Green CheckmarkUse government works, as they are considered in the public domain red minus iconUse the name, likeness, photograph, signature, or audio of a famous person
Green CheckmarkUse trademarks to identify a company or individual red minus iconUse trademarks in any other manner, especially advertising
Green CheckmarkInsert YouTube, Vimeo, & TED videos in course pages (TED talks require a Creative Commons attribution caption) red minus iconEmbed social media content from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest, unless there is a direct pedagogical need & purpose