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    When using images, videos or music for classwork you must always cite something created by someone else. Even if items are royalty free or public domain you should cite them in your work. If used on the internet and/or for commercial purposes Copyright permission may need to be granted by the image owner. See the Media Center Citation Help page for assistance.



         creative commons

    Creative Commons: "Find images you can share, use and remix." Choose from multiple sources for images, video, and music.

    "Creative Commons is a global nonprofit organization that enables sharing and reuse of creativity and knowledge through the provision of free legal tools." Creative Commons.org

    All Creative Commons License information charts are also located HERE.



    pixabay: "Stunningly free images & royalty free stock. Over 840,000 free stock photos, vector graphics, illustrations and videos."

     pexels Pexels: "the best free stock photos & videos shared by talented creators." Collections by subject, mood, season, holidays, topics, backgrounds, photos by color, phtographer interviews and more.

    Unsplash:  "Freely useable images." Images are searchable by predominate color or black & white and image layout.

     library of congress

    Library of CongressPrints and Photographs Online Catalog
                      NASA NASA:  National Air and Space Administration Image Galleries            

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Photo Library:  Over 32,000 images of space, coastlines, weather and more.


     open clip art

    Openclipart:  "Openclipart is the largest community of artists making the best free original clipart for you to use for absolutely any reason." Caution – Advertising.


     open culture

    Open Culture - the best free & educational media on the web: images, movies, eBooks, textbooks, audio books, free college online courses, language lessons and more. Scroll down for Free Art & Images. Caution:  Advertising


     photos for class

    Photos for Class: "Download properly attributed, Creative Commons photos for school!"

     pics4learning Pics4Learning:  Free, copyright friendly images for education.

    Smithsonian Institution: Search over 50 Smithsonian museum, archives and database collections for images and resources related to art, history, film, air and space, anthropology, zoology, gardens and more.


     wikimedia commons Wikimedia Commons:  "a collection of 36,186,278 freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute"
     common sense education


    Common Sense Education: Creativity, Copyright and Fair Use

    As creators, we need to be aware of copyright law and the appropriate ways to use original work responsibly with fair use. Being a creator means giving credit where credit is due, and getting credit for your original work!



    From the U.S. Copyright Office

    How to register your artistic and digital works.

    Click HERE, scroll down, and click on the image that applies to your type of artistic work to find information .

    Click HERE for information about fees for copyright registration, recordation, and other services

     copyright alliance  

    What is the Difference Between Copyright, Patent and Trademark?

    Copyright, patent, and trademark are all different types of intellectual property (IP). Although the three types of IP are very different, people often confuse them.

    A brief description of copyright, patents, and trademarks, including a brief discussion of how these forms of IP differ from copyright, is provided HERE.

Last Modified on January 24, 2021