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 DomainCreative CommonsCopyright Restrictions
Audio FarmContains a variety of creative commons and copyright protected music. Check the license restrictions for each item.
Free Music ArchiveContains creative commons music. Check the license restrictions for each item.
GetrefeContains free and paid images and image packs. Check the license restrictions for each item.
Sound BibleContains a variety of music from various artists. Check the license restrictions for each item.
IncompetechContains creative commons and copyrighted music that requires attribution. Additional licenses can be purchased.
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.
Foodie’s FeedContains various food related images, mainly within the public domain. Check the license restrictions for each item.
Archive.orgContains images, music and videos, mostly within the public domain. Check the license restrictions for each item.
Ben SoundContains a variety of creative commons and copyright protected music. Check the license restrictions for each item.
CupcakeContains a variety of images from photographer Jonas Wimmerström. All images are in the public domain and do not require attribution.
DanosongsContains copyrighted music that costs $10 USD per song.
Death to the Stock PhotoContains images that are available through a paid subscription.
Designers PicsContains free images for personal and commercial work. Attribution is appreciated, however not required.
Dig CC mixterContains 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.
FunctionContains images from various artists and websites. Check the license restrictions for each item.
GratisographyContains public domain images. No attribution is required. Free for commercial use.
HookSoundsContains creative commons and copyrighted music that requires attribution. Additional licenses can be purchased.
IM FreeContains resources for creating websites, including creative commons images. Check the license restrictions for each item.
ISO RepublicContains many creative commons images, including public domain images. Check the license restrictions for each item.
Jamendo MusicContains music that is available on creative commons. Check the license restrictions for each item.
Jay MantriContains a variety of images from photographer Jay Mantri. All images are in the public domain and do not require attribution.
JéshootsContains a variety of images from photographer Jan Vasek. All images are in the public domain and do not require attribution.
KaboompicsContains a wide range of photographs available for personal and commercial use.
Life of PixContains public domain images from a variety of photographers. Attribution is not required but is always appreciated. Free for commercial use.
MagdeleineContains creative commons and public domain images which can be sorted by public domain and attribution required. Check the license restrictions for each item.
MazwaiContains videos that are available to use with attribution. Check the license restrictions for each item.
MMTContains a variety of images from photographer Jeffrey Betts. All images are in the public domain and do not require attribution.
MoveastContains travel images from photographer João Pacheco. All images are in the public domain and do not require attribution.
New Old StockContains vintage images that are available for personal and non-commercial use. Check the license restrictions for each item.
Paul JarvisContains twenty images that are available through the public domain. Email subscribers receive weekly articles from Paul Jarvis.
Pexels VideosContains a variety of videos available under the public domain license. Attribution is not required.
PexelsContains images available under the Pexels license, which allows for commercial and non-commercial use. Attribution is not required but is always appreciated.
PicjumboContains public domain images from photographer Victor Hanacek. Attribution is not required but is always appreciated.
PicographyContains public domain images from a variety of photographers. Attribution is not required but is always appreciated.
PixabayContains public domain images from a variety of photographers and videographers. Attribution is not required but is always appreciated.
Public Domain ArchiveContains public domain images from a variety of photographers. Attribution is not required.
SplashbaseContains images and videos from creative commons. Check the license restrictions for each item.
SplitshireContains 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 PhotosContains a variety of images available under the public domain license. Attribution is not required.
Stock UpContains images compiled from various websites. Check the license restrictions for each item.
StokpicContains many creative commons images, including public domain images. Check the license restrictions for each item.
Super FamousContains various images from photographer Folkert Gorter. All images require attribution.
The Pattern LibraryContains patterns that are available for download without attribution.
Travel Coffee BookContains travel images available under the public domain license. Attribution is not required.
UnsplashContains images from a variety of photographers under the UnSplash license. Attribution is not required but is always appreciated. Free for commercial use.
VisualhuntContains a wide range of images with various creative commons licences.  Check the license restrictions for each item.
YouTube Audio LibraryContains creative commons and public domain music which can be sorted with or without attribution. Check the license restrictions for each item.
Wiki CommonsContains a database of creative commons and public domain images, sound effects and videos.  Check the license restrictions for each item.