Creative Commons

Sharing comes very naturally in the online world through social networks, email, messaging, and photo and video sharing sites. While many of us post content to these sites, current copyright laws limit the extent of that sharing. Others cannot legally fully share, download, or use such materials in a presentation, for example, without explicit permission from the creator.

For those who want to share their digital content more fully without requiring others to request permission, Creative Commons (CC) licenses preserve the ownership and copyright of the creator while basically saying to others, "You can use my work without asking for my permission as long as you cite me as the creator." CC makes sharing, reusing, remixing, and building on the creative works of others understandable and legal. CC licenses extend different degrees of sharing rights.


CC License Types

Attribution License
You can copy, remix, and redistribute as you like as long as you cite the source.
Attribution-ShareAlike License
You can copy remix, and redistribute as you like as long as you cite the source and license your work under a sharing license.
Attribution-NonCommerical License
You can copy, remix, and redistribute if it is for noncommerical use and you cite the source.
Attribution-NoDerivs License
You can copy and redistribute the work as long as it is unchanged and in whole and you cite the source.
Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike License
You can copy, remix, and redistribute as you like as long as it is for noncommerical use, you cite the source, and you license your work under a sharing license.
Attribution-NonCommerical-NoDerivs License
You can copy and redistribute the work as long as it is for noncommerical use, you cite the source, and the work is unchanged and in whole.
 
 

Images


Animal Photos 
A well categorized collection of animal photos.

Car Pictures 
Browse car photos organized by manufacturer and/or model, sourced from flickr

CC Image Search Engine
Searches multiple websites for all media types (image, video, audio etc.)

Creativity 103  
An unusual selection of textures, backdrops, abstract photos and illustrations

ELT Pics 
Images taken by teachers for teachers, collected via Twitter and stored on Flickr, under a non-commercial CC license

Flickr 
Use the Flickr Advanced Search for more than 100 million CC licensed images. (Flickr.com > search > advanced search > enter a keyword, i.e. “dogs”, scroll down and tick the box that says “search only in Creative Commons-licensed content”).

Free Images 
6000 stock photos, and they require you to credit them as the source

Open Clipart Library
“The largest online repository for high quality public domain vector graphics on the Internet.”

PhotoPin
A search engine that finds Creative Commons images
 
Pics4Learning
Over 35000 images for educational purposes
 
World Images 
80,000 photos from the California State University IMAGE project, under a non-commercial CC license

Other Media


ccMixter
A community music site featuring remixes licensed under Creative Commons where you can listen to, sample, and interact with our music

FreeSound
A huge collaborative database of audio snippets, samples, recordings, bleeps, ... released under Creative Commons licenses that allow their reuse. 

Europeana 
“Europeana is a single access point to millions of books, paintings, films, museum objects and archival records that have been digitized throughout Europe. It is an authoritative source of information coming from European cultural and scientific institutions.”

Jamendo
The Jamendo catalog is published under Creative Commons licenses that allow artists to publish their music and to preserve their rights, while providing users the freedom to download and share it. 

WikimediaCommons 
More than 10 million categorized photos, illustrations, footage, sound bites etc.