Copyright friendly images are image resources where the artist, creator, or owner, has clearly posted licensing or use options for the resource. We recommend that students and teachers use Creative Commons (CC) licensed images in their work. CC licensed images include specific rights associated with the use of the images.

Watch these two videos to learn more about how Creative Commons works.


Click the image above to connect to the Creative Commons Licensing page to get more details on CC license types.


This symbol means that the image is in the public domain and you can freely use them and no attribution is required. Works in the public domain are typically images that were created by government agencies or the work is very old and it's copyright has expired.

Please keep in mind that when searching these resources from remote/home [[#|computers]] (computers not on the school network and thus not protected by our filters) that your filters may not be "strong" enough to block inappropriate images, e.g., images that appear based on a keyword search or ads that might appear on these sites. Make sure you are assisting your student with the image search process.

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Creative Commons Image Searching

Simple Creative Commons Search

A search option which will search the Flickr image database just for CC licensed images. The cool thing is that when you find an image you want to use you get an embed code that includes the attribution so if you are embedding image in a document the attribution will automatically generate and be included wit the image. You can also click on the Stamp in image, select size, and when the image is generated you can right click on the image and Save Image As, Copy Image URL or if you are on a FSA Chromebook right click on image and select, Save to Google Drive, save to google drive.pngso you can embed image into a document or upload to a Web 2.0 tool.

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Internet Archive (The Wayback Machine):

Access images, Open Source Audio, videos, books, etc.


Pixabay is a collection for public domain images including photos, drawings, and clipart.

"You can freely use any image from this website in digital and printed format, for personal and commercial use, without attribution requirement to the original author."

Library of Congress' Flickr photostream

The Library of Congress has been acquiring photos since the mid-1800s when photography was the hot new technology. Collections include images from the Civil War, 19030s-40s (Great Depression), Abraham Lincoln, WWI, WPA Posters, etc. This is amazing resource to locate historical public domain images.


Free Digital Photos

If you use a free image in video productions, please acknowledge the photographer and as the image source.


Graphics Search Options (scroll down to photos and select a link that you think best fits what you're looking for)




Many of the images on can be used without restrictions. Always review results for images to determine whether or not

there are any copyright restrictions. Link here to review image FAQs.


From Free Technology for Teachers (Aug. 2011)

Behold is a search engine that is designed to help you find the best Creative Commons licensed images for your blog, slideshow, or video project. Behold searches the catalog of more than one million Creative Commons licensed images on Flickr. What makes Behold different from just searching by using the license filter on Flickr itself is that Behold searches not just by image tag but also by the quality of the content of the images.

Creative Commons

Creative Commons Content Directories



Use Image Filter to help you located appropriate images. Under Creative type in Creative Commons and Share Alike to find CC licensed images.

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Copyright Friendly Resources Wiki --Joyce Valenza Springfield Township

Loads of links to other Copyright Friendly image resources, Velenza is always updating her resources for images, sound, clip art, etc.

Music & Sounds



Soundsnap **Film Music**

This portion of, 'film music', is for independent and non-profit filmmakers, film students, and anyone in need of free music for their independent, non-profit film, video, or short. to use the site you log in(or on?) and are then given a password. you can then listen to the available music and download whatever you want to use in your film or video or short. the music is free as long as it's being used in a non-commercial or non-profit film, video, or short.