Try these free or open access resources
Where can you find materials that you may use, re-use, and/or share without violating copyright? A growing number of open source or open access resources are available. Many of these sites, especially Creative Commons, offer ways for you to contribute your own works to the community.
HEAL Health Education Assets Library - "(HEAL) is a digital library that provides freely accessible digital teaching resources of the highest quality that meet the needs of today's health sciences educators and learners."
Creative Commons Image Search - Allows discovery of openly licensed and public domain images from museums, image banks, and other image repositories. Click on "filter" to search by image provider or license type. As of this writing (May 2019), only images are included but plans to add other media types as the database grows in size and use.
Google Advanced Image Search - Be sure to use the Usage Rights search field to limit by license type.
Library of Congress: American Memory - A free “digital record of American history and creativity.”
Library of Congress: Prints & Photographs Online Catalog - Photographs, prints, drawings, posters, and architectural drawings, and more.
NGA Images - Public domain artworks from the collections of the National Gallery of Art.
Noun Project - Free clip art images requiring creator credit.
NYPL Digital Gallery - Illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints, photographs, and more, from the New York Public Library.
Pixabay - Pixabay offers millions of royalty free stock photos and videos.
The Commons on Flickr - "The key goals of The Commons on Flickr are to firstly show you hidden treasures in the world's public photography archives, and secondly to show how your input and knowledge can help make these collections even richer." Includes images from the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, the Getty Research Institute, and others.
Image credit: Collier, John, Jr, photographer. Penasco, New Mexico. A dance. New Mexico Penasco Penasco. Taos County United States, 1943. Jan. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2017842182/.
Film in the public domain
Are you looking for film clips or even complete feature films that are in the public domain? Here are some works that you can watch or even use in your own remixes.
A work is considered to be in the public domain if it is not protected by copyright law. Typically, works in the public domain are free for the public to use in any way that they wish. A work may be in the public domain for a number of reasons, including:
Copyright protection terms have changed over time so it can prove challenging to determine when a U.S. work falls into the public domain.