Image, music and video resources

Copyright

Copyright is often a prickly subject, especially in the education sector.

Understanding what is legal and what is illegal to use in course content is difficult, however we will provide you with the tools to find legal content for you to use.

According to Colleen Boyle, in the Being Reasonable about Copyright blog post, there is "no blanket exception for the use of copyright materials within an education context".

For more information about copyright, visit the RMIT University Library copyright guide.

Copyright by Unknown is licensed under CC0 1.0

Creative Commons

When using images, music and video content from the internet, it is important to be aware of intellectual property.

Who owns the copyright for this image? Do I have permission to reproduce it?

To put it simply, unless you have explicit written permission for you to use an asset from the intellectual property owner, you do not have permission.

Creative commons makes it easy for people to gain permission without contacting the intellectual property owner. Creative commons licences allow anyone to use an artist's work provided they follow the terms of the licence.

There are many different types of licences. The most common creative commons licences is the CC BY licence, which requires the person reproducing the work to attribute the work to the copyright owner.

Eloise Acuna provides a detailed breakdown explaining what a creative commons licence is in the blog post Creative Commons Images.

For more detailed information about the licenses available visit the Creative Commons website.

Attribution

It is important to look at the details on how to attribute the work to the intellectual property owner.

Standard practice involves acknowledging the title of the work, the artist and the creative commons licence when using work that is not your own.

For more information about how to attribute work correctly visit the creative commons website.

Creative commons license spectrum by Shaddim licensed under CC BY 4.0.

Legally sourcing images, music and videos

The below sites offer images with creative commons licences, however it is still necessary to check the creative commons licence and attribute the work correctly.

Title Description Images Music Video Public Domain Creative Commons Copyright Protected
Audio Farm

Contains a variety of creative commons and copyright protected music. Check the license restrictions for each item.

Archive.org

Contains images, music and videos, mostly within the public domain. Check the license restrictions for each item.

Ben Sound

Contains a variety of creative commons and copyright protected music. Check the license restrictions for each item.

Creative Commons (Beta version) Contains creative commons content drawn from a variety of sources. Check the license restrictions for each item. The previous site is available here.
Cupcake

Contains a variety of images from photographer Jonas Wimmerström. All images are in the public domain and do not require attribution.

Danosongs Contains copyrighted music that costs $10 USD per song.
Death to the Stock Photo Contains images that are available through a paid subscription.
Designers Pics Contains free images for personal and commercial work. Attribution is appreciated, however not required.
Dig CC mixter Contains a wide range of music with various creative commons licences.  Check the license restrictions for each item. More music can be found on the CC mixter website.
Foodie’s Feed Contains various food related images, mainly within the public domain. Check the license restrictions for each item.
Free Music Archive Contains creative commons music. Check the license restrictions for each item.
Function Contains images from various artists and websites. Check the license restrictions for each item.
Getrefe Contains free and paid images and image packs. Check the license restrictions for each item.
Gratisography Contains public domain images. No attribution is required. Free for commercial use.
HookSounds

Contains creative commons and copyrighted music that requires attribution. Additional licenses can be purchased.

IM Free Contains resources for creating websites, including creative commons images. Check the license restrictions for each item.
Incompetech Contains creative commons and copyrighted music that requires attribution. Additional licenses can be purchased.
ISO Republic Contains many creative commons images, including public domain images. Check the license restrictions for each item.
Jamendo Music Contains music that is available on creative commons. Check the license restrictions for each item.
Jay Mantri Contains a variety of images from photographer Jay Mantri. All images are in the public domain and do not require attribution.
Jéshoots Contains a variety of images from photographer Jan Vasek. All images are in the public domain and do not require attribution.
Kaboompics Contains a wide range of photographs available for personal and commercial use.
Life of Pix Contains public domain images from a variety of photographers. Attribution is not required but is always appreciated. Free for commercial use.
Magdeleine Contains creative commons and public domain images which can be sorted by public domain and attribution required. Check the license restrictions for each item.
Mazwai Contains videos that are available to use with attribution. Check the license restrictions for each item.
MMT Contains a variety of images from photographer Jeffrey Betts. All images are in the public domain and do not require attribution.
Moveast Contains travel images from photographer João Pacheco. All images are in the public domain and do not require attribution.
New Old Stock Contains vintage images that are available for personal and non-commercial use. Check the license restrictions for each item.
Paul Jarvis Contains twenty images that are available through the public domain. Email subscribers receive weekly articles from Paul Jarvis.
Pexels Contains images available under the Pexels license, which allows for commercial and non-commercial use. Attribution is not required but is always appreciated.
Pexels Videos Contains a variety of videos available under the public domain license. Attribution is not required.
Picjumbo Contains public domain images from photographer Victor Hanacek. Attribution is not required but is always appreciated.
Picography Contains public domain images from a variety of photographers. Attribution is not required but is always appreciated.
Pixabay Contains public domain images from a variety of photographers and videographers. Attribution is not required but is always appreciated.
Sound Bible Contains a variety of music from various artists. Check the license restrictions for each item.
Public Domain Archive Contains public domain images from a variety of photographers. Attribution is not required.
Splashbase Contains images and videos from creative commons. Check the license restrictions for each item.
Splitshire Contains images and videos that are available for personal and commercial works. The videos are hosted on other websites and contain broken links. Check the license restrictions for each item.
Startup Stock Photos Contains a variety of images available under the public domain license. Attribution is not required.
Stock Up Contains images compiled from various websites. Check the license restrictions for each item.
Stokpic Contains many creative commons images, including public domain images. Check the license restrictions for each item.
Super Famous Contains various images from photographer Folkert Gorter. All images require attribution.
The Pattern Library Contains patterns that are available for download without attribution.
Travel Coffee Book Contains travel images available under the public domain license. Attribution is not required.
Unsplash Contains images from a variety of photographers under the UnSplash license. Attribution is not required but is always appreciated. Free for commercial use.
Visualhunt Contains a wide range of images with various creative commons licences.  Check the license restrictions for each item.
Wiki Commons Contains a database of creative commons and public domain images, sound effects and videos.  Check the license restrictions for each item.
YouTube Audio Library Contains creative commons and public domain music which can be sorted with or without attribution. Check the license restrictions for each item.