University of Southern California

Learning Design & Technology

Advancing USC's strategic vision for teaching with technology

Copyright and Fair Use

With the pervasive use of copyrighted multimedia content in and out of classrooms, faculty members are often challenged with these questions: Can I use this video for my online course? Whom should I ask to find out? Is distributing a clip of a feature film to my students considered fair use? While there are no simple answers to any of these questions, it is important to familiarize yourself with various aspects of copyright and fair use. Please click the links below to learn more.

Intellectual Property

Copyright and Fair Use

Stanford University Libraries Copyright and Fair Use

American University Center for Social Media

Creative Commons

Other Resources


All online and technology-enhanced content and activities must adhere to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act regarding accessibility to individuals with disabilities. Use the resources below to ensure that your online materials meet these guidelines.

Online Testing

The Higher Education Opportunity Act requires accrediting agencies to ensure the validity of online student assessments at academic institutions. For more information, consult with USC’s Center for Testing and Assessment.