Copyright-free Media

Many people use images, movie clips, and music every day in various ways. If you want to find media that is free and open to use then this blog post is for you!

Copyright varies from country to country but usually has a long lifetime, especially in the U.S. Materials that are in the public domain are no longer protected by copyright and are open and free to use. And Creative Commons is a way for artists and any kind of creators to declare their own copyright restrictions on their work, usually in a way that makes it easy for others to reuse their works.

The following are resources that contain copyright-free materials that are available for use in your projects. They may be in the public domain or they may be under some type of Creative Commons license, including CC0 (“No Rights Reserved”). It’s always up to you to determine the ways you can use, reuse, or remix content, but these sites help provide you with materials that are generally copyright-free.

Multiple media resources:

CreativeCommons.org: This site makes it easy to search for Creative Commons-licensed materials across many other websites, including ones exclusively focused on music, images, and video.

Internet Archive: This is a non-profit collection of books, movies, software, music, and more. It also saves various webpages over time in the “Internet Archive Wayback Machine.”

Audio:

dig CC mixter: This website helps users to create and share mixes and samples that are Creative Commons-licensed.

Wikipedia Sound/list: Wikipedia provides access to a wide range of music that is either in the public domain or Creative Commons-licensed. While the site indicates that the music is “free,” it is important to note that this is not synonymous with “in the Public Domain,” so you will need to review the license information for the music to ensure you attribute it properly.

FreeSound: This is a great site for finding sound effects, noises, and other audio samples. It requires registration to download audio files, but registration is free.

University of Texas – Digital History: This site contains historical music for educational use that their research has indicated is copyright free. Much of it is older recordings of popular music.

Images: Photographers donate high-definition photos to these sites for anyone to use for any purpose.

https://unsplash.com/

https://pixabay.com/

https://www.flickr.com/creativecommons/

https://gratisography.com/

http://imcreator.com/free

https://images.nasa.gov/

Videos:

https://vimeo.com/creativecommons

https://archive.org/details/movies

https://archive.org/details/universal_newsreels

https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/downloadable-video-page/

http://www.spacetelescope.org/videos/