Useful Links

Audio-Visual Research - Looking for footage?

      • is the world's premier online video stock footage search platform providing instant access to millions of online screening clips and text record from the world's top footage collections on a single site.

      Stock Footage Online -

      • The World leading network of Premiere Stock Footage Libraries + Creative Digest for the Visual content Controllers

      Association of Commercial Stock Image Licensors -

      • The Association of Commercial Stock Image Licensors (ACSIL), is a not-for-profit trade association representing the interests of the stock footage community.

      Federation of Audio-Visual Licensors -

      • The Federation of Commercial Audiovisual Libraries International is a professional not-for-profit trade association formed in 1985 and is fully established as one of the leading voices in the industry.

      The National Archives -

      • The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is an independent agency of the United States government charged with preserving and documenting government and historical records and with increasing public access to those documents, which comprise the National Archives

      Library of Congress -

      • The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps and manuscripts in its collections. The Library is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office.

      Internet Archive -

      • Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.

      Youtube -

      • YouTube allows billions of people to discover, watch and share originally-created videos. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform, and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small.

      ***NOTE: a good research tool but beware of copyright issues. There are many items uploaded by individuals but which are not free and clear to use in third party productions.

      Copyright Information - What are the copyright laws? How do I copyright my new work? What's Fair Use?

      The Copyright Laws of the United States

      Downloadable -

      Digital -

      A Brief History of Copyright in the United States -

      USA Copyright Office -

      • The Copyright Office is responsible for administering a complex and dynamic set of laws, which include registration, the recordation of title and licenses, a number of statutory licensing provisions, and other aspects of the 1976 Copyright Act and the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act. By statute, the Register of Copyrights is the principal advisor to Congress on national and international copyright matters, testifying upon request and providing ongoing leadership and impartial expertise on copyright law and policy.

      How to register a copyright in the United States -

      • Your U.S. Copyright will be registered in a matter of minutes through our online form submission processing.

      What is Fair Use?

      What is Creative Commons?

      • Creative Commons helps you legally share your knowledge and creativity to build a more equitable, accessible, and innovative world - unlocking the full potential of the internet to drive a new era of development, growth and productivity.

      What does Public Domain mean?

      Read about Orphan Works -

      Music Licensing - Who's publishing the song? What record company controls the recording?

      The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) -

      BMI (a/k/a Broadcast Music, Inc.) -

      SESAC -

      The Harry Fox Agency -

      All Music Guide -

      Global ImageWorks Practical Guide to Licensing & Clearances