Public Domain & Creative Commons

Public Domain

An uncopyrighted work is considered to be in the public domain and can be used for any purpose with violating copyright law. If an item has no copyright notice, you will need to consider if it falls within the public domain.

Creative Commons

Understanding Public Domain & Creative Commons License Types

Public Domain symbolPublic Domain (no limitations)
Copy, adapt, modify, share.
Commercial and non-commercial.
Do not have to credit original content creators.
 

Attribution symbolAttribution (BY)
Copy, adapt, modify, share.
Commercial and non-commercial.
Credit original content creators.
 

Attribution symbolAttribution symbolAttribution (BY) - Share Alike (SA)
Copy, adapt, modify, share under same license type.
Commercial and non-commercial.
Credit original content creators.
 

Attribution symbolNo Derivatives symbolAttribution (BY) - No Derivatives (ND)
Copy, share.
Commercial and non-commercial.
Credit original content creators.
 

Attribution symbolNon-commercial symbolAttribution (BY) - Non-commercial (NC)
Copy, adapt, modify, share.
Non-commercial.
Credit original content creators.
 

Attribution symbolAttribution symbolAttribution symbolAttribution (BY) - Non-commercial (NC) - Share Alike (SA)
Copy, adapt, modify, share under same license type.
Non-commercial.
Credit original content creators.
 

Attribution symbolAttribution symbolNo Derivatives symbolAttribution (BY) - Non-commercial (NC) - No Derivatives (ND)
Copy, share.
Non-commercial.
Credit original content creators.

Creative Commons Explanation

Sources of Non-Copyrighted Materials

Using Non-Copyrighted Materials

Linking to Library Licensed Content

The Library licenses digital content such as databases, journals, ebooks, and streaming video on behalf of HCC. To link to library licensed content, you need to put a proxy string in front of the URL so that the resource can be accessed from off campus.

The proxy string is https://libproxy.howardcc.edu/login?url=

Example: To link to the Academic OneFile database, you would insert the following URL http://libproxy.howardcc.edu/login?url=http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/colu91149?db=AONE (proxy string + URL of Academic OneFile database)

For further information about linking to library resources including records in the library catalog, please see Linking to Library Resources.

Getting Copyright Permissions

If you need to use a copyrighted work that isn't yet licensed by the library, permission may need to be obtained from the copyright holder. The Library can assist you via our reserves service. For articles, book chapters and other text, we use the Copyright Clearance Center to request and pay for permissions. For streaming media, such as video, we contact the copyright holder or service for the work in question. Again, the Library will pay a fee for this permission.