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Fair Use Week Activities

Activity #1

Activity #1 -- Attributing Sources  Note: Your email will be entered into prize drawings.

1. Go to Creative Commons

2. Find an image that interests you, and download the image

3. Send the image with attribution to the library @ (See example below)

A goal of Creative Commons is to increase the amount of openly licensed creativity in “the commons” — the body of work freely available for legal use, sharing, repurposing, and remixing. Through the use of CC licenses, millions of people around the world have made their photos, videos, writing, music, and other creative content available for any member of the public to use.

You can use CC-licensed materials as long as you follow the license conditions. One condition of all CC licenses is attribution. How you attribute authors of the CC works will depend on whether you modify the content, if you create a derivative, if there are multiple sources, etc.

Below is an example of an ideal attribution of a CC-licensed image:

"comedy/tragedy masks, waterfall" by Kathleen Maher is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Activity #2

Activity #2 -- Public Domain  Note: Your email will be entered into prize drawings.

1. Go to the Creative Commons/Public Domain Page

2. Look for and click on 'Understanding Free Cultural Works' in this section

3. What does "Approved for Free Cultural Works" mean? Send your answer to the library @

Creative Commons provides a range of licenses, each of which grants different rights to use the materials licensed under them. All licenses found there offer more permissions than “all rights reserved.”

Activity #3

Activity #3 -- Copyright First Responders  Note: Your email will be entered into prize drawings.

1. Who are the Copyright First Responders?

2. What does the program do, and where did the program originate?

       *Clue: The program originated at a university in the US.

3. Perform a web search with a search engine such as Google or DuckDuckGo, answer questions 1 & 2 above, and send your answers (and a link to your source) to the library @

Activity #4

Activity #4 = Fair Use in Social Media  Note: Your email will be entered into prize drawings.

1. Go to the College of Central Florida, Student Life Facebook page, and click follow.

2. Look for the Fair Use scenario post, and leave your opinion of whether the scenario is considered fair use, or copyright infringement.

3. Email the library @ the word: participated!

As soon as you produce any piece of work- photos, memes, poems, songs, etc., your work is protected by copyright.

  • When sharing other people’s work in social media, make sure it is Public Domain licensed, or ask permission from the author.
  • Fair use also extends to social media, e.g., posting a brief excerpt of an article in an online study group forum.
  • To determine fair use, ask yourself: is the use commercial, or for educational purposes; how much of the work in relation to the overall work is being used.
  • If reusing the work makes it harder for the author to sell, lose clicks, or license the work than do not share.

Activity #5

Activity #5 -- What do Electronic Course Reserves have to do with Fair Use?

Course reserves are supplemental course materials on reserve for student use in the Library, and may consist of physical items and digitally available items. The lending of digital copies of books (or Electronic Course Reserves) is governed by guidelines for controlled digital lending which are based on the legal doctrines of First Sale and Fair Use.

In this final Fair Use Week activity, follow the steps below to enter the Library’s prize drawingsNote: Your email will be entered into prize drawings.

  1. Go to the CF Library’s Course Reserves online guide =
  2. Read the directions for either “Course Reserves: In-house Use” or “Electronic Course Reserves (e-Reserves)”
  3. Send a brief summary of either, (1) steps for checking out course reserves in the library; or (2) requesting access to e-Reserves, and send your brief summary to