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A guide to resources in Communication, Marketing / Advertising, Journalism, and Digital Media.

Copyright Web Resources

Media Websites

General Media:

  • Creative Commons Search: A search tool providing an easy search for Creative Commons licensed works on popular sites.
  • morgueFile: Free public domain photographs. No attribution is required.
  • Images are free to use for classrooms, multimedia projects, web sites, videos, portfolios, or any other project in an educational setting.

Historical Media:

  • American Memory Project: Contains images, music, videos and other primary resources regarding American History. Maintained by the Library of Congress. All materials from this resource are considered to be in the public domain.
  • Free Music Archive: Contains free music that you can download from a wide range of genres. Not all music on this site is in the public domain. Read the licensing information associated with the song you want to use.
  • Prelinger Archives: Contains videos from 1927 to 1987. All videos are in the public domain and free to download and use.
  • Smithsonian Collections Search Center: Search over 8.6 million catalog records with 1,200,000 images, video and sound files, electronic journals and other resources from the Smithsonian's museums, archives & libraries. Be sure to check each image or record for copyright restrictions.
  • Internet Archive: Contains free downloadable images, music, audio, and primary source documents. Check each item's copyright information to see if it is in the public domain.
  • Life Archive Photo Archive hosted by Google: Finds photographs from the Life archives from 1750 to present. Images are not in the public domain. Use the Fair Use Factors when deciding whether to use images from this site.