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Public Domain, Copyright Free, Open Source, and Student Use Images and Media

This page provides links to some of the better copyright-free and public domain resources. The advice on this page is not a legal opinion. The ideas are intended for educators and librarians who wish to locate quality, copyright-friendly materials for educational, noncommercial, and nonprofit projects.

NOTE: Not all of these resources are copyright free, but most allow student to use and cite the projects in their assignments.

Large Image Resources and Indexes

Copryight-Free Photo Archives - 27,000 images from NASA, NOAA, and FWS
http://gimp-savvy.com/PHOTO-ARCHIVE/

DHD Multimedia Gallery (Selection of images, sounds, etc.)
http://gallery.hd.org/index.jsp

Free Foto
http://www.freefoto.com/

Free Images - 2500 stock photos (most free, some members only)
http://www.freeimages.co.uk/

Free Stock Photos
http://freestockphotos.com/

Imagesafter (Hi-res images, photos, & textures)
http://www.imageafter.com/

MorgueFile (Some are free for students to use in projects, but not copyright-free)
http://www.morguefile.com/

Pics4Learning - great for general topics
http://pics4learning.com/

Smithsonian Institution's Office of Imaging and Photographic Services
http://photo2.si.edu/

Photo Resources

ARS (Agricultural Research Service) Image Gallery
http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/graphics/photos/

Art Images for College Teaching (AICT) by A. T. Kohl
http://arthist.cla.umn.edu/aict/index.html

Coin Page
http://www.coinpage.com/

Free Public Domain Images - small collection
http://www.pdimages.com/web6.htm

Great Images in NASA
http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/

JSC Digital Image Collection (NASA) - seach or browse 9000 NASA images
http://images.jsc.nasa.gov/

NASA Multimedia Gallery (Images, video, and interactive features)
http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/highlights/index.html

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Photo Gallery
http://photogallery.nrcs.usda.gov/

NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Photo Library - search 20,000 NOAA images
http://www.photolib.noaa.gov/

Planetary Photojournal from NASA
http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/

Public Health Image Library (PHIL) from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
http://phil.cdc.gov/Phil/default.asp

US Fish and Wildlife Service: Pictures/Graphics
http://pictures.fws.gov/

Clip Art Resources

Animation Factory (3D animations and clipart)
http://www.animfactory.com/

Awesome Clipart for Kids, Teacher & Family
http://www.awesomeclipartforkids.com/

Clip Art Connection
http://www.clipartconnection.com/

Clip Art Gallery from DiscoverySchool
http://school.discovery.com/clipart/

Graphic Maps
http://www.graphicmaps.com/clipart.htm

Page Resource (backgrounds, dividers, images, and links)
http://www.pageresource.com/graphics/index.html

Images on Specific Topics

Abraham Lincoln - 5 pictures
http://showcase.netins.net/web/creative/lincoln/resource/freepix.htm

Images from the History of Medicine (IHM) from National Library of Medicine
http://wwwihm.nlm.nih.gov/

Images of American Political History
http://teachpol.tcnj.edu/amer_pol_hist/

Map Collections: 1500-2003 from American Memory, Library of Congress
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/gmdhtml/gmdhome.html

Moving Image Archive from Internet Archive
http://www.archive.org/movies/movies.php

Text Resources

Project Gutenberg (electronic texts)
http://gutenberg.net/

Stories and Characters That Have Had Their Copyright Expire
http://www.pdimages.com/stories.htm

Music

Links to Search for PD Music and Lyrics
http://www.pdinfo.com/link.htm

Few Other Sources With Varying Restrictions

The following sites contain some photographsand/or that may also require payment or permission for use. Read the copyright sections at each site to determine exact restrictions.

American Memory from the Library of Congress
http://rs6.loc.gov/amhome.html

Free Photographs
http://www.free-photographs.net/

iStockphoto (Read the Introduction section to learn more about their download credit system)
http://www.istockphoto.com/

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
http://www.metmuseum.org/home.asp

NASA Image eXchange (NIX)
http://nix.nasa.gov/

NetVet (Links-site to collections with varying restrictions of use)
http://netvet.wustl.edu/pix.htm

New York Public Library Picture Collection Online
http://digital.nypl.org/mmpco/
Collection of 30,000 digitized images from books, magazines and newspapers as well as original photographs, prints and postcards, mostly created before 1923.

Issues

You should go directly to the original source and obtain your own copy of the public domain image rather than copying a copy. You do not have the right to modify the work of the copyright owner without permission.

Fair Use

Under the Fair Use are of the law, copyrighted material can be used for teaching, research, or scholarship. It may also be used for editorials, criticism, or commentaries. Materials may also be used as part of news reporting. However, you must consider the portion of the copyrighted work you use.


Special Care

Some companies such as Disney are particularly concerned about their trademarks and logos. Be aware of these companies.

Images and the Law
http://www.pdimages.com/web9.htm


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