Creative Commons

Copyright-friendly Pathfinder: Join The Wiki Party! by Joyce Valenza

A Copyright-Friendly Toolkit — A Smore maintained by Joyce Valenza as a portal to guidelines, categories, and tools to consider that will help you create, contribute to, and enrich our shared culture!

Center For Social Media at the American University School of Communication — a project to “help media literacy educators understand their rights under the doctrine of fair use in order to help them more effectively use media as an essential part of their teaching.”

38 of the Best Free Stock Photo Websites for 2021 — Here’s a list of online resources and websites where you’ll find free stock photos for your social media posts, website, or other marketing channels.

Images — Free images for your inspiration, reference and use in your creative work, be it commercial or not! — A copyright-friendly image library for teachers and students. The Pics4Learning collection consists of thousands of images that have been donated by students, teachers, and amateur photographers. Permission has been granted for teachers and students to use all of the images donated to the Pics4Learning collection.

Audio — Freeplay’s vision and continued mission is to expand the scope and depth of the Freeplay Music Library, and introduce additional offerings that set new standards as well as meet the production music needs of creative professionals and users around the globe. — interactive library of high-quality, legal audio downloads.

  • Every mp3 you discover on The Free Music Archive is pre-cleared for certain types of uses that would otherwise be prohibited by copyright laws that were not designed for the digital era.
  • Browse by genre, hear a preview, download audio, no sign-in required. — artists allow anyone to download and share their music–free, legal and unlimited.
  • Jamendo is the world’s #1 platform for free and legal music downloads. Available in seven languages, it offers the largest catalog of music under Creative Commons licenses. For artists, it’s an easy and efficient way to publish, share and promote their music, and also to make money, through ad revenue sharing and commercial partnerships.
  • Browse by genre, hear a preview, download audio, no sign-in required. — Music which is sold without any ongoing royalty obligations. The copyright is owned in its entirety, by the seller. Royalty Free is not the same as copyright free. In the case of royalty free, the selling entity or entities retain the copyright interests.

  • offers a variety of FREE high-quality royalty free items, including royalty free stock footage, royalty free sound effects, royalty free clip art, royalty free images, royalty free photos, and of course, royalty free stock music. Our free Royalty Free Music section provides you with the resources you need to complete a variety of educational, personal, and non-profit projects (submitted application on 11/12/09) — is a one-stop music licensing shop. This means you can immediately obtain master and synchronization rights to use a song in your production. You can license music instantly and online.
  • Is it true that school projects and non-profit entities use’s music for free?
    • Yes, this is true. We are proud of allowing scholastic and socially involved projects to use our music for free. Hundreds of students and charity organizations have found the right music for their projects at At the same time, we ask such projects to carefully credit our site and artists upon using the music. We also ask for details regarding non-profit projects, as some of these, government-funded ones, should actually pay a (affordable) licensing fee.
  • Select Song > License > Non Commercial Projects > School Projects
  • Fill in the fields to receive an e-mail link to the requested song
  • You are obliged to credit and its artists when using our music. This is acceptable:
    • “Jump” by Madonna. Listen, Buy and License at — A gift economy in action, an experiment in applying the model of free software to music. Musicians and sound artists are invited to add their work to the Opsound pool using a copyleft license developed by Creative Commons. Listeners are invited to download, share, remix and reimagine.

  • Browse by genre and artist
  • No sign-in
  • No previews available
  • Direct download (MP3, OGG) — it’s absolutely legal to download any song which is downloadable on SoundClick 🙂

  • Generally all our service are free. It’s always 100% free to
    • view band and artist pages
    • listen to streaming songs (play lofi and play hifi)
    • create your own music station
    • …plus tons more
  • The only exception can be MP3 downloads. All bands and artists can decide themselves how they like to make their songs available. They have 3 options for MP3 downloads:
    • song as free download
    • song as paid download in our store
    • no download at all, only streaming version (play lo-fi and play hi-fi) — Musopen is an online music library of copyright free (public domain) music. We want to give the world access to music without the legal hassles so common today. There is a great deal of music that has expired copyrights, but almost no recordings of this music is in the public domain. We aim to record or obtain recordings that have no copyrights so that our visitors may listen, re-use, or in any way enjoy music.
  • Primarily classical music
  • Browse by composer, performer, instrument, period, form
  • Hear preview and download available with no sign-in
  • Browse by genre
  • Preview tracks (stream using .m3u)
  • Download selected tracks
  • No sign-in required — Dmusic is the original independant artists internet website, since 1998. It, along with and others started the on-line music revolution.
  • Browse by genre
  • Preview tracks (stream using .m3u)
  • Download selected tracks
  • No sign-in required — Portal to digital audio tools, sound sample collections, and open music resources.