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"Works in the public domain are those whose intellectual property rights have expired, have been forfeited, or are inapplicable... public domain works can be freely used for derivative works without permission." -

"A Creative Commons license is used when an author wants to give people the right to share, use, and even build upon a work that they have created. CC provides an author flexibility (for example, they might choose to allow only non-commercial uses of their own work) and protects the people who use or redistribute an author's work, so they don’t have to worry about copyright infringement, as long as they abide by the conditions the author has specified." -

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Find freely available and permissibly licensed,  video, audio, and text for use in your presentations and projects.  

  • Books- Find full length texts freely available to read on the web or eReader device.  
  • Images- Find images, clipart, and illustrations.
  • Audio-  Find full length music, historical collections, audio clips, and sound effects.
  • Video-  Find full length movies, news programming, and historical content.
  • Public Domain Info-  Learn more about public domain materials and how new items enter the public domain.
  • Creative Commons Info- Learn more about the different Creative Commons licenses and how to license your own works under Creative Commons.
  • Advocacy- Learn about the organizations the support and promote the creation of media and culture that is freely available on the internet.


Be sure to check the license information on all linked content.  The linked material has been chosen as examples of Public Domain and Creative Commons Licensed works, however, it is the researcher's obligation to determine any use restrictions when republishing or otherwise distributing materials from the linked sites.


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