Copyfriendly Media

Creating assessment tasks and products for classwork that incorporate a variety of media types is a routine part of 21st Century school work. Below are some sources of materials that have creative commons licensing or are in the public domain. Creative commons and public domain media must still be attributed and referenced; however, if desired, you are able to legally remix these materials and publish them online spaces if required. Make sure you check the licensing details on materials that you use.


  • Wikimedia Commons - freely usable media files (photographs, videos and illustrations or vector graphics)
  • - Public domain clip-art images. These are vector graphics which means they can 
  • Stock.Xchng - photographs contributed by artists. Check the license for each image - You will need permission only if you intend to profit from your media product.
  • Google Advanced Image Search Usage - The website says you are able to use images for personal and commercial use, without attribution.
  • Google Advanced Image Search - allows you to refine your search based on usage rights.
Note that royalty free images are not copyright free and are not free. There are normally fees associated with these types of libraries. Read the fine print carefully.


  • Wikimedia Commons does have video clips to download - here is a beautiful clip by Mark Rigler - a timelapse piece.
  • Vimeo  - A website founded by filmmakers who wanted to share their creative work. You need to create an account to download video content. You need to be 13 years or older to create an account. You are able to view and use
     videos for personal, non-commercial purposes; including the right to copy and make derivative works from the videos..
  • YouTube Editor allows you to customise clips with special tools and effects.


  • - a collaborative database of audio snippets, samples, recordings, bleeps,... released under Creative Commons licenses.
  • Choral Public Domain Library - hosts free scores and vocal works
  • Soundation - create music on the web - create your own audio track for your video assignments.
  • Incompetech - music available under different licenses; however there are many pieces available under Creative Commons By Attribution 3.0 - meaning that you have to attribute the music in your piece (website or film etc.).
  • Musopen - non-profit focused; providing recordings, sheet music and textbooks to the public without copyright restrictions.


  • - a source of open source software -- read the terms and conditions carefully. Be careful installing softeare on your computer. Always create a restore point before installing new programs.
  • - a directory of free education software for kids
  • The App Store - has collections of free apps