Copyright and Fair Use


behold – A visual image search for high quality Creative Commons images

CC Search – Search for images that can be adapted, modified or used commercially.

Compfight – A Flickr Search Tool – Search engine for visual inspiration and free stock photos

Copyright-Friendly and Copyleft Images and Sound – Search for images and sound with generous copyright licensing

Flickr: The Commons – View the world’s public photography archives and add comments or tags

Flickr Creative Commons Portal – Browse and search through photos under each type of license

Google Image Search – Search for copyright friendly images by selecting usage rights. Some photos are available for use in the public domain.

Yahoo Creative Commons Search – Search content across the Web that has a Creative Commons license

Wikimedia Commons – Online repository of free-use images, sound and other media files


ccMixter – Community remix site sponsored by Artis Tech Media, created by Creative Commons

Creative Commons Audio

The Freesound Project – Collaborative database of Creative Commons licensed sounds

Jamendo  – Download and listen to over 20.000 albums (CC licenses)

JamStudio – Create music beats

Jewel Beat  – Free music and sound effects

JL Studios – Free sound effects for video, film, audio and multimedia productions

OpSound – Download, share and remix music

Open Music Search – A search engine for Copyleft, Creative Commons, Open Source and public domain works

Podsafe Audio

Royalty Free Music

Soundation – Online sequencer with real time effects, virtual instruments and a fully integrated sound shop

Sound Jay – Free sound effects website


Code of Best Practices for Fair Use in Media Literacy Education – A “code of best practices” to facilitate educators in what constitutes fair use

Copyright-Friendly Pathfinder – Access an extensive list of images and sound portals for use in media projects, Web pages, wikis, blogs, etc.

Copyright Confusion Wiki – A wiki dedicated to understanding and learning more about copyright and fair use – access multiple useful links!

Documentary Filmmakers’ Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use – Documentary filmmakers’ statement of best practices in fair use

Six Resources About Learning About Fair Use

Spartan Guides on Fair Use – Understanding fair use in media production

Temple University Media Lab Teaching Resources for Fair Use – Extensive collection of free multi-media curriculum resources

Unites States Copyright Office

Wes Fryer’s Copyright Wiki

YouTube Copyright Education – Material on fair use and remix culture