Use these free resources to avoid copyright issues:
Search for Creative Commons Content to Use - Search for free image, audio, video, and other resources that you can use for projects with less licensing restrictions to make sure you are respect copyright. You can aso browse these directories for specific providers of Creative Commons material:
- Sound Directory
- Video Directory
- Image Directory
- "Other" Directory
- Browse CC Collections
- http://www.google.com.au/advanced_search – Google advanced-search allows you to search for material based on its “usage rights”
Books, journals, and other resources for text-based material:
- http://wiki.creativecommons.org/Books - CC wiki listing notable CC licensed books
- http://freewords.org/freepress/ - an artistic project which releases an eclectic mix of writing under CC licensing
- http://doaj.org – an online directory that indexes and provides access to quality open access, peer-reviewed journals.
- http://www.thecommonsjournal.org/index.php/ijc - an open access journal.
- http://ck12.org – creates and aggregates high quality curated Science, Technology, Engineering and Math content.
- http://en.wikibooks.org – an open-content textbooks collection
Resources for images:
- http://www.flickr.com/creativecommons/- allows you to search the Flickr photo archive for CC material
- http://openphoto.net/ - a moderated photo community with over 3000 CC licensed photos in various categories
- http://wellcomeimages.org/ - a collection of openly licensed images from topics ranging from medicine and magic to science.
- http://openstreetmaps.org – a map of the world built by a community of mappers that contribute and maintain the source data.
- http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Maps_of_the_world - collection of maps contained within the Wikimedia Commons repository.
- http://pixabay.com – a site where you can discover and share images free of all copyrights. All pictures are published under Creative Commons public domain deed CC0.
- http://europeana.eu/portal - a portal that allows you to view materials from a range of Europe’s leading galleries, libraries, archives and museums.
- http://eol.org – a site that gathers knowledge about all of Earth’s life forms and makes it available to everyone, anywhere.
- http://plos.org – The Public Library of Science site aims to provide more open access to research materials.
- http://scienceimage.csiro.au – the CSIRO’s collection of CC licensed images.
- http://openclipart.org/ - Open Clip Art Library
Resources for sound effects, music, and tools:
- http://ccmixter.org – CC sound remix tool and archive
- http://www.opsound.com – CC music archive
- http://jamendo.com – CC music distribution site
- http://cchits.net/ - collaborative podcast where users can contribute, find, and share music under CC licences
- http://soundcloud.com/creativecommons - an interactive community that shares various music and sounds under CC licenses.
Resources for video:
- http://youtube.com –apply the creative commons filter.
- https://wiki.creativecommons.org/wiki/Films - CC wiki listing notable CC licensed films.
- http://elephantsdream.org - Elephants Dream, open source film
- http://www.oddjobjack.com/freejack.php - Master flash files and bitmaps of every piece of art used in the Odd Job Jack cartoon, available under a CC licence.
- http://vimeo.com/creativecommons - CC licensed videos available on Vimeo.
- http://ted.com – A collection of CC licensed short talks on topics from all disciplines and across all cultures.
Resources for educational material:
- http://www.curriki.org/- Curriki offers world-class learning materials freely available to educators, students, and parents around the world.
- http://oercommons.org – a dynamic digital hub offering OER support including materials tools and training.
- http://florida.theorangegrove.org/og/access/home.do- Florida’s digital repository for instructional resources.
- http://cnx.org – provides an open space where authors and learners can share and freely adapt educational materials such as courses, books and reports.
- http://wikieducator.org/Main_Page - an evolving community based platform intended to facilitate collaborative learning
- http://www.saylor.org – provides online tuition free courses.
- http://en.wikiversity.org- a project dedicated to learning resources, learning projects and research for use in all levels from pre-school to university.
- http://www.livebinders.com/play/play/117659#anchor – provides learning resources for years K-12.
- http://openeducationeuropa.eu/en - a gateway that provides access to all existing European Open Education Resources.
- http://khanacademy.org – a website that provides free world-class education for anyone, anywhere.
- http://p2pu.org/en - a community based and driven site that provides free courses on a range of topics.
- http://www.archive.org/ - The Internet Archive is an internet library, hosting thousands of CC-licensed and Public Domain video, audio, and text items.
- http://lemill.eu/ – a web community for finding, authoring and sharing learning resources.
- http://mathispower4u.yolasite.com – the site provides free math lessons and exercises.
- http://www.lightandmatter.com/ - The Light and Matter series of introductory physics textbooks is available for free under a CC licence.
- http://www.berkleeshares.com/ - provides music lessons in text, audio and video format under CC licence.
- http://ocw.mit.edu/index.html - provides free, searchable, access to MIT's course materials for educators, students, and self-learners around the world.
- http://www.opendoar.org/ - a directory of open access academic repositories
- http://openknowledge.worldbank.org/ - the World Bank’s open knowledge repository.