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Copyright-friendly Resources   Tags: copyright-friendly, creative commons, public domain  

Find out more about Creative Commons, the public domain, and how to find images, videos, and sounds that are safe for you to use in projects.
Last Updated: Oct 6, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Why "Copyright Friendly?"

If you are using an image/video clip/sound clip/etc. for a presentation IN CLASS only, then you are probably within Fair Use and just need to cite your sources. BUT, if you make your project available online without the express permission of the copyright holders of the images, etc., then you are probably infringing on copyright. There are some great resources out there to help you find materials that are in the public domain or provided for reuse by the creator. And don't forget, if you take a photo or record video/music/sound, etc., YOU own the copyright to that material and can use it any way you like!

Find Images

These sites provide access to public domain or creative commons licensed images.


    Historical Images and Photographs

    • Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online
      Images from the Library of Congress, now in the public domain.
    • Wikimedia Commons
      Historical and contemporary images contributed by participants. Millions of high-resolution images of art, architecture, design, people, historical events, diagrams, maps, and more.
    • World Images
      Primarily historical images organized into 18 categories, including Women, Science, Cities, Natural World, Science, and more.
    • Art Images for College Teaching
      Art and architecture images photographed by art historian and visual resources curator Allan Kohl.
    • Yale University Digital Commons
      Yale's digital collections, including images from the Peabody Museum, Center for British Art, University Art Gallery, Library Map Collection, and Walpole Library Prints and Drawings.

    Using Google Image Search



    Some guide content used with permission from Atlanta International School and The College of William and Mary


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