Copyright Rules


IF you use someone else's intellectual property (commercial music, logos, illustrations) in YOUR work, you theoretically should be paying them for the privilege - that's how licensing works, and artists make a living. What might happen if you made a project that won some award, but it was later determined that the piece used an asset that wasn't royalty free? Would the original artist be within their rights to demand a part of your prize money? Would the contest organizers withdraw your award?

Fortunately, many artists allow you to use their work WITHOUT the expectation of payment - instead, they may simply ask you to include them in your credits. These "ROYALTY FREE" assets are made available through CREATIVE COMMONS licensing.


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AUDIO
  • NEVER use commercial music for your productions if they are going to be distributed (ie through YouTube) or submitted to a contest
  • USE CREATIVE COMMONS sources instead
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IMAGES
  • Use Google Image's SEARCH TOOLS
    • Choose USAGE RIGHTS - LABELED FOR REUSE