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This page is devoted to listing sources of photos, sound recordings and videos that to the best of our knowledge may be reused without payment to a copyright holder.

What is Public Domain and Royalty Free?

To the best of our knowledge, the sources listed here contain photos, sound recordings, and videos that may be reused without payment to a copyright holder. We do not guarantee this will be true of every individual item that you may find through the links below. In some cases a photo, audio clip or video will be available for non-commercial uses, but require payment or permission before it can be included in a product to be sold. Please make sure you check the terms of use section of the site you are visiting, as well as any use information with the specific item, before using a given piece of content.

The two types of materials you will find on this page are public domain materials and royalty-free materials:

Public Domain - Public Domain materials have no copyright. They might be public domain because their copyright has expired (most pre-1923 materials) or because they are statutorily exempted from copyright, like most, but not all material produced by federal agencies. For more information on the status of state and federal government materials, please see http://freegovinfo.info/copyright.

Some post-1923 creators have explicitly dedicated their works to the public domain, waiving their rights under copyright law. An example of this can be found at http://www.archive.org/details/DeclanCory. You may do whatever you please with public domain materials and you do not have to pay for the usage of the work. Additional information about when an item becomes public domain can be found at http://www.copyright.cornell.edu/public_domain/.

Royalty Free - Royalty Free materials are items where the creators have chosen to license a given photo, recording, or video, usually for either a one-time fee or free of charge. However, there are usually terms of use or license agreements that you must abide by for your use of the work to be legal. Please review the terms of use of such items before using.

One popular family of licenses for royalty free works is Creative Commons CC. There are several types of CC licenses – some allow you to use the work in any way as long as you give attribution to the creator. Others will only allow you to use the work “as is” with no alterations. Yet other licenses grant different rights depending on whether your work product is a commercial use (i.e. whether it is given away or sold). Please review a work’s CC license before using it. More information about Creative Commons licenses can be found at http://creativecommons.org/license/.

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Guide Author

Daniel Cornwall
Contact:
907-465-6332
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Subjects:Software, Technology

Videos

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