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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 Music

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

  • ccMixter
    Remixes and samples for creating your own remixes licensed by Creative Commons.
  • Sound Cloud
    Sound Cloud is a music sharing community for composers. While not all content carries creative commons licenses, much of it does.
  • OpSound
    Web site where musicians and sound artists upload their work under Creative Commons licenses.
  • Jamendo Creative Commons Search
    The largest catalog of music under Creative Commons license with more than 25,000 albums. Includes rock, pop, jazz, hip-hop and dance tracks.
  • Audionautix
    Music composed and recorded by Jason Shaw and licensed under Creative Commons for use in audio visual projects.
  • Free Music Archive
    The Free Music Archive is an interactive library of high-quality, legal audio downloads. Compiled and managed by WFMU Radio.
  • Internet Archive Live Music Archive
    All music in this Collection is from trade-friendly artists and is strictly non-commercial, both for access here and for any further distribution. This collection is maintained by the community.
  • Open Source Audio
    A collection housed at the internet archive of user-contributed music. All music is released under Creative Commons licenses.
  • provides free loops and audio clip downloads to the music production community.
  • Incompetech
    Kevin MacLeod is a professional composer who creates royalty-free music that can be found on his site,
    Online depository of music, film, books and other media deposited by authors or in the public domain.
  • World Hip Hop Beats
    World Hip Hop Beats provides free downloads to beats under creative commons license 3.0 BY (attribution only - commercial uses allowed).

Find Sound Effects

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

  • Partners in Rhyme: Sound Effects
    Collection of free sounds effects and web links to other online collections. Also includes royalty free tracks for purchase.
    The Freesound Project aims to create a huge collaborative database of audio snippets, samples, recordings, bleeps and more released under the Creative Commons Sampling Plus License.


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


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