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Avoiding copyright violations is always a concern for educators using multimedia in their presentations- and even more so when teaching students to use multimedia in their technology integrated projects. Here are a few sites that will help avoid such issues. Keep in mind that usage agreements change often, so before recommending sites to students, verify that these sites are free and fair to use.
"Copyright-friendly images for education." By far the most recommended site- contribute your own pictures and expand the library for all of us!
Open Clip Art
This is an open project that aims to create a public domain archive of clip art images. Images here are placed in the public domain and are available in two formats: SVG or PNG.
Professional photographers sell their photos here. However, the usage agreement on the front page states:
"Also non-commercial users may download our web size images to use off-line in school projects, church services, cards, leaflets, etc. Basically if your off-line use is not commercial you can download our web size images for free."
Some of the images are watermarked and navigation can be tricky?
Flickr (Creative Commons)
This is not necessarily a site you'd want students to use, but it's a great resource for you to gather images needed for projects. Though Flickr's guidelines state that inappropriate material cannot be posted on the site, every now and then you may find something that shouldn't be there. And who defines what "inappropriate" really means?
P D Photo (public domain)
(description from website): "PDPhoto.org is a repository for free public domain photos. Unless something is clearly marked as being copyrighted, you can assume it is free to use. But if you intend to use an image you find here for commercial use, please be aware that standards for such use are higher." The site has many different categories, but very heavy in landscapes and scenery.
Allen Matheson, a Texas photographer, has made his 72 dpi images available to educators and students for free (
read the conditions here
(description from website): "This is a place for free public domain photos and desktop wallpapers. Large collection of High Resolution photos and wallpapers, Thousands of high quality public domain pictures, easy to search, All photos on Photos8.com are public domain. You may use these images for any purpose, including commercial. As the owner I have explicitly placed all the photos in the public domain. If you do use any photo, please consider linking back to this site or giving credit to this site. Just something like, "
Photo courtesy Photos8.com
", This is not required, but its a very good way to support the site efforts here."
Library of Congress American Memory Museum
The Library of Congress has great primary sources for you to use in your projects. Just because it's on a government website doesn't mean it's necessarily public domain. However, abiding by Fair Use guidelines, students should be able to use these resources.
There is more here than you ever imagined- and the number of digital resources is constantly growing!
(description from website):
Whether you just want to browse our huge image gallery or want to share your own photos with others, this is the site for you!
Browse through the categories of our huge gallery containing over 350,000 quality stock photos by more than 30,000 photographers! Share your photos with fellow designers! SXC is a friendly community of photography addicts who generously offer their works to those who need them free of charge. If you have some nice photos that you'd like to share with others, join us!
Great collection of photos
Registration (free, email verified) required to download images
Commercial images displayed first, so scroll down
(description from website): WPClipart is a fast, clean and safe site for children and others to find good-quality, printable images that have no copyright restrictions. All the images are in the Public Domain. Ads on pages are minimal to make the site as fast as possible. While there are literally thousands of "fun" images -- I take great pains to find, edit and retouch images of historical and/or general educational value.
Student Clip Art
(hand-drawn from Sam Houston State University)
(description from website): These images are primarily for the use of K-12 school students and teachers. All drawings are original works done by students or staff. All photographs are originals, taken by K-12 students and staff. This site is intended as a royalty free source of clipart for educational uses. If you use one or more of our images, we would like to hear from you.
Around 3,500 photos that can be used in your projects. No login required.
(description from website): On the following pages you will find hundreds of beautiful images gleaned from my collection of old books, magazines, and postcards. They are all from material printed prior to 1923 and are in the public domain.
(description from website): PublicDomainPictures.net is a repository for free public domain photos. You can upload your own pictures and share your work with others.
No login required
Browse by categories or use search features
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