TIP~If you need to use pictures for a class project and want to rely on a google search for images, go to advanced search options, click "data usage, rights, regions, and more," and choose "labeled for reuse". Your search results will only contain pictures that are copyright free and can be used without getting permission.
  • Even though these pictures can be used without permission, you should still give credit where credit is due!!
  • If you want to share your projects on YouTube, a website, to large audiences, or even sell, you will need to either get permission for all the photos and music you use, or you can simply use photos and music that are copyright free/public domain. Make sure you take note of the level of permission people give for their photos or music. Some can only be used for educational purposes and under fair use terms, where others can be used for advertisments or in a product you will sell.

Royalty Free Music Websites:

Creative License and Free Sound Effects Sites:

Creative License Image Sites:

Wikimedia.org (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page) is a database of over 6 million freely usable media files, including pictures, images, videos, and sounds.
Creative Commons (http://search.creativecommons.org/) offers access to search services which in turn provide images and other media files. These images may or may not be under a creative commons license, so do your homework and investigate before you use the information!
The Library of Congress American Memory site (http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html)provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience.
Free Digital Photos (http://freedigitalphotos.net/) offer access to creative licensed photos and other images.
Professional photographer David Niblack has created Imagebase(http://imagebase.davidniblack.com/main.php), which features more than one hundredpages of images that have been released for free reuse and redistribution.
Flicker.com (http://www.flickr.com/) offers access to creative licensed photos and other images. Be sure to look at the rights release of each image before you select one.
http://copyrightfriendly.wikispaces.com/is a great compilation of image sites.

Other Image sites include:
http://images.google.com (click on advanced search, click "data usage, rights, regions, and more," choose "labeled for reuse")