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Copyright & Public Domain: Creative Commons

This guide discusses the basics of copyright for students.

Creative Commons

What is Creative Commons?

Think that image or other content you find online is ok to use? More than likely it's not. You may be using the content illegally, even giving credit on your citation page to the creator might not be enough. To be safe use Creative Commons to find images/content for your scholastic papers or presentations.    

So what is Creative Commons? It is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.  

But there are certain conditions to follow, some of these guidelines are:

• Attribution: allows you to use, share, and modify a work as long as you give credit to the original creator.

• Share Alike: allows you to use, share, and modify a work as long as you give credit to the original creator, and you share any of your changes with the same license, this license is used by Wikipedia. 

• No Derivative Works: allows you to use and share a work as long as you give credit to the original creator, but you're not allowed to make changes to it. 

Click here for more types and information on Creative Commons licenses.

Where do I go?

The Creative Commons Search will  search for images, videos, music, websites, and other media by searching other search services such as Flickr, Jamendo, Open Clip Art Library, Pixabay, and ccMixter

 

Note: You should always verify the work is actually under a Creative Commons license by following the link presented with the work. 

 http://creativecommons.org/about

Copyright Free Stock Art and Audio Options


Royalty-free, copyright-free photographs and stock art are also obtainable through websites such as freeimages.com, pexels.com, and unsplash.com. 

It's possible to find usable graphics through a Google Images search too.
After performing the search: 
* click on "tools" 
* then under "usage rights", choose "not filtered by license", "labeled for reuse" or "labeled for noncommercial reuse"


For high-resolution images: 

* click on "tools"
* then under "size" choose "large"


Do you need some background music or sounds for your project?
Try Audio Library on YouTube.