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
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!
- Vimeo Creative Commons Search
Browse all the videos on Vimeo that have a Creative Commons license applied to them.
- Prelinger Archives from the Internet Archive
The Prelinger Archive is a collection of older materials that are entirely within the Public Domain, so you can take and adapt these films as you like.
- Our World 2.0
A site offered by the U.N. with professional quality videos and text under the Creative Commons license that allows you to share content.
An online video distributor that has some creative commons licensed video. Be sure to check the video you'd like to re-use/re-mix to see if the creator allows it under license.
To find CC licensed youtube content, search on keyword terms, click "Filter & Explore" and choose creative commons from the menu. The "show more" link under each video will contain specific license information.
Some guide content used with permission from Atlanta International School and The College of William and Mary