Sourcing Creative Commons Materials

The number of sources where Creative Commons Materials can be found is constantly increasing.
This cool printable poster gives a lot of information about the wide range of sites that can be accessed to find Creative Commons material:

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The Creative Commons Portal

Great if you don't really know where to start, and you just want to browse generally across a number of different sources.
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Wikimedia Commons

Wikimedia Commons provides a portal for image, sound and video files that are all clearly licenced according to how they can be used.
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Sourcing Creative Commons Music

Increasingly, some musicians are choosing to release their songs under Creative Commons licenses, which give others the legal right to do things like use their music as the soundtrack for videos, or remix tracks to create new versions of songs.

In order to do this, it is important that the intention for the piece of music is OK under the terms of the particular Creative Commons license it’s under. CC-licensed music isn’t free for all uses, only some — so make sure to check out the terms, which can be found by clicking on each song’s license icon.

Most importantly, those who wish to remix music or place it on a video must not use music that is licensed under a No Derivative Works license. This means that the musician doesn’t want others to change, transform, or make a derivative work using their music. Under CC licenses, syncing the music to images amounts to transforming the music, so it is not legal to use a song under a CC No Derivative Works license in a video.

These are some of the best sources of Creative Commons Music. Click on the logos to access the sites.

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Sourcing Creative Commons Images

There are many sites that sell stock images, however these are usually cost prohibitive to teachers and students. Simply using Google Images to find images will almost guarantee that you will break copyright,
as unless it is specifically labelled otherwise, the image is copyrighted to the owner. Therefore it is important to be aware of the wide range of sites that provide Creative Commons licenced images.

Click on the logos below to access these sites:
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Flickr holds thousands of images
that have been uploaded and labelled
according to each of the CC licences
so you always know exactly what you
can do with each image.

Clicking on the small cog
symbol on the right hand
side of the Google Image
search page takes you to
the Advanced Image search,
where you can indicate under
what licence you wish to
search.

Cr103 is a library of free abstract
backgrounds, textures and design
ideas. The materials are free to
download and use, but you must
credit / link to this site if you use them in any commercial application
or product.

Images on this site are licensed
CC-BY or CC-BY-SA;
Image descriptions
and metadata are CC-BY-SA.

Compfight provides a
search engine tool for
searching through Flickr CC
images.

Image Copyright is held by
original owners;
all are licensed as
either CC-BY or CC-BY-SA.

Ookaboo is a collection
of free images organized
around precisely defined
concepts.
Images on the site are
licensed under various Creative
Commons licenses; Image
descriptions and metadata are CC-BY-SA.

Sourcing other digital materials labelled Creative Commons

Anything that can be shared can be labelled with a Creative Commons licence. Useful sources of Creative Commons licenced video files, text files and other general data are included below.


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WikiHow is a collaborative effort to build and
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The Creative Commons license allows
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