Content ToolboxNeed images and other media for assignments, teaching materials, and websites? See below for ways to get content that you can share, use, and even modify without worrying about copyright infringement.
Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free, easy-to-use copyright licenses. The six licenses developed by Creative Commons give you a simple, standardized way to give the public permission to share, use, and even build upon a work you’ve created. Creative Commons encourages openness and sharing of knowledge while protecting your rights as a creator.
To learn more about Creative Commons, click here or watch the short video below for a quick and easy introduction.
Copyright protection starts the moment a work is fixed, but it doesn’t last forever. After the copyright term of a work expires, the work enters the public domain, where it is freely available for anyone to use without having to obtain a license or pay a fee.
The websites below offer a wide selection of books, images, illustrations, audio, and films in the public domain.
- Smithsonian Institution Public Domain Images (public domain images)
- New York Times Public Domain Archives (public domain images from the New York Times)
- Project Gutenberg (public domain electronic books)
- Librivox (public domain audio books)
- Prelinger Archives (advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur films)
The Public Domain Slider will also give you an idea as to whether a work you want to use may be in the public domain.
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