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The Creative Commons provides an alternative licencing system that enables authors, musicians and other creators to retain control over their copyright material while allowing us to use resources such as music, film clips and photographs free of charge.

Conditions for using Creative Commons and other material

Although the licence terms under which items are available on these websites vary, you are generally asked to attribute (acknowledge) the name of the original creator when you use a copy of their work.  Others require you to attribute the original creator and send them a copy of any resources you create which incorporate their material.  It is important that you check the licence terms on each item before use.

Here are the six most commonly used CC licences.  For further unformation regarding what these licences mean, watch the Creative Commons video on the right of this page.



This video provides a concise explanation on how to find Creative Commons content in flickr.



This is an excellent site to easily find photos on flickr that are released under the creative commons licence.

The panel on the left displays the first 36 photos matching your search term. Click on any of these thumbnails to get a slightly larger image and the attribution details displayed in the right hand section. Right click the image and 'save image as' if you want to use this size, or click on the link in the attribution text to go to flickr and chose a different sized image.

Don't forget to include the attribution text in any work you produce using the picture.


Creative Commons in the Classroom



This video demonstrates how to use the Advanced Search function to find Google Images that are available for re-use.  There are other useful filters within the Advanced Search option, such as selecting images within a particular colour range, or images from a specified domain such as



MorgueFile is a great source for FREE photos available for reuse.  While the selection of images is small in comparison to some other sites, there are no copyright issues when using this source.  Click on the image below to go to this site.



SOUNDBIBLE offers free sound clips for everything from 'city sounds' to 'gross sounds'.  Although some of the clips are very short, the site provides a quick little video tutorial that will show you how to loop sound effects using the free sound editor Audacity.


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