Permission Free Resources: Find Images, Audio, Text, and Video
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- Use the search box to access openly licensed images on Google Images, Flickr, or Pixabay. You will need to search each site separately through the CCSearch box (it doesn't search across all platforms.)
CORE, the Open Access Repository for the Humanities
Hathi Trust Digital Library (not everything is permission free)
Google Books (not everything is permission free)
Directory of Open Access Journals
- Contemporary Openly Licensed eBooksNearly 500 OA books cataloged by the Library of Congress. Always free to read and free to reuse!
- StoryWeaverCC-licensed kids books
About this Guide
Use this guide to find material that you can freely use, share or modify beyond what the Fair Use Doctrine (and other exceptions) usually allows.
"Permission-free" usually means works that are either out-of-copyright and in the public domain or are licensed for use with a Creative Commons license.
Just a refresher...Copyright law gives authors/creators the exclusive right to do (and to authorize others to do) the following:
* To reproduce the work
* To prepare derivative works
* To distribute copies of the work
* To perform the work publicly
* To display the work publicly
If your use of someone else's work falls into these categories, you can rely on certain exceptions (such as Fair Use), but if the exceptions don't apply, you usually need to get permission. There are works--especially on the web--that are either out-of-copyright (i.e. in the public domain and don't require permission) or are already licensed for re-use. This guide will help you find those kinds of material.