Copyright-Friendly Sources

The following sites will help you find files you have permission to use, provided you follow the terms of the license. It is your responsibility to find, read and abide by the terms for the materials you use and to keep track of your sources and give attribution as appropriate. Look for the terms of use or terms and conditions on every site that you visit. If you are unsure about whether or not a particular resource can be reproduced try this Copyright Decision Tool from the Council of Ministers of Education of Canada.

Sources for Images and Music Files

Pics 4 Learning
Pics4Learning: Copyright-friendly images for use in education.
Pics4Learning Image Use Policy
Open Clip Art Library Logo
Open Clip Art Library: An archive of clip art with Creative Commons Public Domain designation.
Open Clip Art Policies
Flickr Logo Edit
flickr Creative Commons: User photos with CC licensing. Browse by license type.
Review the different license terms on the flickr Creative Commons page.
Flickr Logo Edit
flickr: The Commons: Public Domain images from museums and archives.
Copyright information for images in The Commons.
Wikimedia Commons Logo
Wikimedia Commons: Public domain and “freely-licensed media files.
Commons: Reusing content outside Wikimedia
DK Logo
DK Images: Images from the Dorling Kindersley book series
DK Images Terms and Conditions of Use
Freeplay Music
freeplaymusic: Broadcast quality music.
freeplaymusic terms of use See 2(d) Free Student Educational Use
Incompetech Logo
incompetech: Royalty-free music files.
incompetech Royalty-free Music Licenses
CC Mixter
CC Mixter: Music remixes with Creative Commons licensing
CC Mixter Yea, But Is It Legal?
Freesound
Freesound: A collaborative database of Creative Commons licensed sounds (not music).
Free Sound Terms

Search Tools and Strategies

Compfight
Search engine for images.
Search Tip: Be sure to turn the Creative Commons filter on.
behold.cc
Search for images with Creative Commons licensing.
Search Tip: Use the check boxes to refine your search.
Creative Commons Search
Cross-searches multiple sources.
Search Tip: Use the check boxes to refine your search. Use the tabs on the results page to look at various sources and options.
Google Advanced Image Search
Includes multiple options to refine your search.
Search Tip: You must use the options under Usage Rights to find images that you are permitted to use. Select labeled for reuse or labeled for reuse with modification.