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This page is your “creative commons” – a branch of the Grapevine that helps you feed creativity and innovation, with websites that offer reusable music, images and video – all the ingredients you need for digital age creativity… Rip Mix and Burn to your heart’s content!

For a discussion on Copyright and its impact on Popular Culture, please see my post on the subject:

The Creative Commons search page is a good start. You can select from 13 different search services offering CC-licensed material, depending on what type of file you are looking for (media, image, sound etc).

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Attribution:

Even the most liberal CC license stipulates attribution. Credit must be given to the creator by including their name and where possible a link back to them whenever you post an image. Foter have posted a succinct article about “How to Attribute Creative Commons Photos” accompanied by this infographic:

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How To Attribute Creative Commons Photos by Foter

For more search options, see the links provided below…

Images:

Flickr has the largest collection of CC licensed images on the web. From the Flickr Creative Commons portal, you can search or browse content under each type of CC license.

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Google has enabled CC-search capabilities through their search engines (main, image and books). By configuring the Advanced Search options, users can filter results by CC license.

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Access Google’s Advanced Search options in Settings

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Select a license from the “usage rights” drop down menu

Google also offer a custom “Copyright Free” search engine that you can add to your blog, webpage or Google home page for ready access.

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Wikimedia Commons is a database of educational media content (images, sound files and video clips) that are either public domain or freely-licensed. Search files by topic, location, type, author, license or source.

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Free Digital Photos (dot net) offers a large collection of images and photos. Images of a resolution suitable for screen use are free. Search by keyword or browse categories. Users must not sell or redistribute images. Attribution is expected.

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Free Media Goo offers a collection of free images, backgrounds and textures, with no expectation for attribution or links back to the site. Their only stipulation is that images may not be used for propaganda, pornographic or suggestive materials (hardly uses that those in the education sector would intend!).

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Morgue File offers a collection of free photographs for use in creative projects. The Morgue File license is specifically for artists and designers who will presumably alter the photographs in some way as part of a creative process. If you want to use a Morgue File image as is (in a blog post for example), you are advised to contact the photographer for permission. Users are also expected to include attribution to the photographer in their work. You can even learn the basics of photography at this site, in the Morgue File Classroom.

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The Copyrightfriendly Wiki offers a host of further sources and collections of material (images and sound files for use in media projects), with “generous” licensing attached. You will also find information and guidance for the use of copyrighted materials.

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Video:

Joyce Valenza’s “Only 2 Clicks” website has a page of links to sources of non-fiction and documentary film clips. Not all of these are free to use so you’ll have to check the licenses at each site.Screen Shot 2013-09-29 at 10.44.45 AM

Wikimedia Commons is a database of educational media content (images, sound files and video clips) that are either public domain or freely-licensed. Search files by topic, location, type, author, license or source.

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Music & Sound:

Dig CC Mixter is a “music discovery” portal and a great source of music tracks to use in podcasts, videos and any other media project. All tracks are “liberally licensed” under CC licenses. This video explains how to use dig.CCmixter. Screen Shot 2013-09-29 at 11.22.22 AM

Jamendo offers free and unlimited music downloads of CC licensed audio tracks. Search more than 350,000 tracks by genre, instrument or mood.

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Ghosts I – IV from Nine Inch Nails is a 36 track instrumental collection of musical textures that provide “a soundtrack for daydreams”. The first nine tracks (Ghosts I) are available for download, free of cost and DRM, from http://ghosts.nin.com.
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Wikimedia Commons is a database of educational media content (images, sound files and video clips) that are either public domain or freely-licensed. Search files by topic, location, type, author, license or source.

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The Copyrightfriendly Wiki offers a host of sources of copyright-friendsly music and sound files for use in media projects.

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Featured Image: “CASTILLO DE NAIPES DE COPYRIGHT TAMBALEANTE” [CC BY-SA 2.0] by Paco Rives Manresa on Flickr

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