By now, you probably know about Creative Commons. It help makes creativity easier for people that are just starting or people on a budget. There are different types of Creative Commons License starting from less restrictive to most restrictive. It is important you read and understand how each one operates. If you will like to widen your knowledge about Creative Commons check out this definitive guide.
Knowing the place to go when you need a particular thing saves lots of time. To save you time, I have taken my own time to research and compile all the places you can go and get Creative Commons content. I have listed these places according to the type of content you are looking for. I have also explained each one according to what they offer to help you choose the best for you. I suggest you bookmark this page for easy access.
Without much ado, let’s look at top places we can find and get Creative Commons content on the internet.
Places To Find General CC Contents
When you are searching for a creative commons content of any type you can use any of the following platforms. Below are places you can go when you want to search for CC video, audio, or text. You can also check detailed guide for anyone you don’t know how to use e.g. Google
This is the heartbeat of Creative Commons content. It is the search interface provided by the Creative Commons Organisation. The UI friendly and easy to use. You just have to search for a keyword and use the filter section to define the conditions. You can just search for a keyword without filtering it, in this case you get results from all possible conditions of CC License.
Where do you go when you are stuck on a situation, Google right? Well Google has grown to become the most powerful search Engine in the world. You can use this platform to search for CC contents. I have written a step-by-step guide on how to easily use Google to find Creative Commons content. You can check it out if you really want to have the best experience while using this platform.
Archive.org provides you a huge selection of audio, video and text documents under the Creative Commons license. It is more than a way back machine as it a non-profit library containing millions of contents to use.
This platform provides you with lots of free to use contents which include image file, audio file, 3D model and Video footage . You can always count on this site when looking for contents to use in your next project.
This is a Korean search Engine that uses the index of other websites like Flickr and similar websites. When you search for a keyword on this platform, you get results in the form of image, audio and video. One thing you have to always do when using this website is to click on the file you want to use to actually make sure it’s provided under CC License.
Wikimedia Commons is part of the non-profit, multilingual, free-content Wikimedia family. The family includes : Wikipedia, Wikinews, Wiktionary, Wikibooks, Wikiquote, Wikispecies, Wikiversity, Wikivoyage,Wikisource, Wikidata, Meta-Wiki and MediaWiki
You can use this platform to search any type of Creative Commons contents.
Where To Find Creative Commons Texts
If you are looking for creative commons text you can copy from, modify or do whatever you wish as long the license permits it, then check out any of the sites listed below. I have taken my time to check all of the one after the other and they are all functional as at the time of writing this article. If you find anyone that isn’t working please don’t hesitate to let me know through the comment section.
Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online.
eBooks may be freely used in the United States because most are not protected by U.S. copyright law, usually because their copyrights have expired. They may not be free of copyright in other countries. Readers outside of the United States must check the copyright terms of their countries before downloading or redistributing eBooks from Gutenberg.
There are many resources on the World Wide Web that are in the public domain and therefore are freely usable on Wikipedia and its sister projects without legal restrictions. For a creator to release his/her works into the public domain legally they must use the creative commons CC0 license which means you can easily use this work.
Europeana is an initiative of the European Union, financed by the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility and European Union Member States.
This platform helps you discover inspiring cultural heritage from European museums, galleries, libraries and archives.
The Online Books Page is a website that facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet. It also aims to encourage the development of such online books, for the benefit and edification of all. This platform offers over 3 million free books.
Places To Get Creative Commons Images
Images is a great way to communicate our idea better. I know you don’t want to face copyright issues when using image on your project. CC images makes it easy for some people who can’t afford the money to pay for images to also use images for free. Below are places you can go an get creative commons pictures and photos for free.
This is the one if the best website to visit when looking for Creative Commons Images to use in your next project. It has pre-filtered searches for each type of CC with results in millions. You can always count on Flickr when it comes to CC pictures.
This the platform I make use of most times, the reason is what am yet to figure out. This website provides you with photos, illustrations, vector graphics and videos. All of these files are provided under CC0 which means you are free to use it just like material found in the Public domain.
This website started in 2013 as a Tumblr site with 10 pictures leftover from a photoshoot, but today it is thriving community with over 300,000 images, more daily views and more downloads. The images are of high quality which make it stand out.
Just like Flickr, this platform provides similar predefined searches to make it easier for you to find out any images released under Creative Commons licenses. It has more than 12 million users so it’s a good place to check out for free pictures.
According to Martin, you can download the photos on the website for free.
Free for commercial use. No watermark. No attribution. Guaranteed origin. It think It’s a great source to look for free pictures.
This website offers free photos for personal and commercial use. You can search for any image using the search box. You can also use the popular option to look for popular images and the new option for new images .
When I visited this website for the first time, the UI made me to fall in love. I decided to give it a trial and the experience was awesome. It is really a great source for Free Stock Photos & Vector Images.
This is a royalty-free photo download agency where you can find free photos for download. You can use these images just as you wish for personal or commercial purposes ,but you have to see Copyright for details and there are no watermarks or complicated rules.
This site currently contains more than 2500 files, 6GB of free abstract digital photos, backgrounds and basic video clips ready for you to download and use. The materials are free to download and use, but you must credit / link to the site if you use them in any commercial application or product. You may not redistribute these photographs as stock for reuse.
This is another website to check for free images. All the images on this website are licensed under the Creative Commons license CC0, which means that you are free to use the images without any costs. You can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking for permission.
This a Public Domain that shares Images Licensed Under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) License. This platform has over 180,000 free Public Domain images to suit your social media content, your blog posts, or covers.
DrStockPhoto provides free stock photos that can be used without citation. What it means is you are free to use the images on this website but I recommend you check the individual license of each image.
This is one of the most popular public domain stock photo site where people share their best images
and videos for other people all over the world to use. The site has over 335 million free stock photos.
FreeMediaGoo.com was created so everyone could have access to quality free stock photo backgrounds and images – for free. The site offers a way for developers to gather royalty-free photography that can be used in print, film, TV, Internet or any other type of media both for commercial and personal use.
The world’s quirkiest collection of free high-resolution pictures, comprised of the world’s best, most creative images – photos you just won’t find anywhere else. All completely free to download without copyright restrictions.
This is a large Public Domain photo repository with high resolution free photos and vectors. All images are copyright free and royalty free photos, and CC0 Photos. You can find photos, images, clipart, pics and vectors. Just click on the one you like to view and download it.
Jaymantri is a website owned by a designer based in Los Angeles. According Jay, he normally takes photos with cameras that were invented awhile ago.
You can check the website for pics that are CC0 Licensed.
Little Visuals began life as a passion project of Nic Jackson. Tragically, Nic died suddenly in November 2013.
It’s quite unfortunate Nic didn’t get the chance to maintain and grow Little Visuals himself, however the website remains accessible to all. His family have ensured that all of the images will remain available and free for commercial use. check out this License before using
Magdeleine is a high resolution photo platform where you can get Creative Commons images. When find the image you like, you will see the type of License required for that particular image. If you don’t know the meaning, then check out this.
A platform with over 350,000 free stock photos for commercial use. If you can’t find what you are looking for, send morguefile creatives on a daily photo challenge to capture the world around you. All images submitted will be available to you and other creatives to use in your designs and your professional work under the Morguefile free stock photo license.
This is another site I like to use when looking for images to use in my project. It also provides videos so I have included it the section to Creative Commons videos. You can freely use images on this site.
All of the photos, pictures, clipart and images on this site have been released into the public domain (Creative Commons CC0 designation for international use). This means that you are free to download them and use the photos for any use including commercial purposes, however, you may not claim the copyright as your own.
For more than 10 years this site have been providing an ever expanding collecton of FREE to use travel themed stock images. Many of these images were taken exclusively for the site. They are all licensed under CC.
Picdrome is a growing Public Domain digital photography collection, free of copyright and licensed under Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Public Domain Dedication. All images are free to download for personal, educational and commercial use, without restriction.
Pickupimage is a platform for collections of free photographs. Free download high quality premium free stock images, public domain photos.
You can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission.
All photos on this web site are public domain. You may use these images for any purpose, including commercial. But if some photo contains logos and products you need to be careful. Using someone else’s trademark commercially can get you sued.
All photos on Skitterphoto are public domain.
This means that all photos are free to use for any purpose. You may download and edit photos and even use them commercially. You can browse our categories or search by keywords.
This site uses Creative Commons License to share good looking images. It is a perfect place for startaups, bloggers, designers, publishers and developers to look for images. You can use is for anything.
This is an online Community for sharing beautiful high definition Wallpapers and Backgrounds for any devices. They support a huge range of different pictures and get you the option to resize this to any screen needs. All images are Licensed under CC
The site was built to help you find the best quality, high resolution, free stock photos, in the world. They only post images that are royalty free, attribution free, and can be used for personal or commercial purposes. So, basically, you can use them however you like. Yeah!
Where To Get Creative Commons Music & Audio Files
How about places to look for music to use on your your Youtube video without facing copyright strike. Well I have listed all the possible you can find creative commons audio to use both for commercial purpose. I will always advice you to check the type of license before using, that being said, let’s see places to look for CC music and sound files.
ccMixter is the #1 platform I recommend you should go to when looking for Creative Commons music to use in your work. It is a global community of music managed by ArtisTech Media. The music are provided under Creative Commons License.
According to the website, All music is composed and produced by Jason Shaw. This music is royalty free – completely free – for you to download and use (even for commercial purposes) as long as you provide credit.
This platform has been in existence for the past 15 years as at the time of writing this article. It is a collaborative database of Creative Commons Licensed sounds. You can browse, download and share sounds.
You can get your free instrumental downloads on iBeat.org. It is known as online instrumental music archive archives that has been around since 2007. They license their instrumentals under Creative Commons. Which means you are free (as in beer) to use the audio pretty much any way you want.
Icons8 is a well-known resource for free stock icons and photos, and they now also offer a great selection of royalty-free music and audio tracks. Each track can be downloaded to your drive as a free high-quality MP3.
Incompetech offers lots of musical sound effects and longer pieces of music by composer Kevin MacLeod, searchable by genre, feel, tempo, or length, or browse able in collections based on genre and mood.
Josh Woodward is an acoustic indie rock singer/songwriter from Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has chosen to give away all of his music for free. Josh does this on his website under CC License. If you want to learn more about Josh, check his biography.
According the site, it is 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.
Partners in Rhyme provides variety of royalty free music and sound effects you can use even for a commercial purposes.You can download and use these free music loops and full length music clips in any commercial multimedia project but you cannot:
• re-sell individually or as a collection or as a ringtone
• post on a website for download as we are doing here
• mix into your own music and then redistribute it as your own.
Canton Becker is the head behind SampleSwap. It started in 2001 as a folder of audio samples hosted on a hotline server running on a computer in Canton’s basement. Sample Swap is a home to an extraordinary collection of creative-commons licensed music for use in films, games, etc.
This is a production music library for filmmakers, game designers and media artists.
All music is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0, which means it’s free to use, as long as you are willing to give credit.
For each and every single song on the website, all you have to do is credit the songwriter – Peter John Ross (www.sonnyboo.com) and the music is yours to use for free. What it means is that this website uses CC-BY license.
This company was founded in The Netherlands in 2008 Tribe of Noise is a true musician-centric community and ‘music for business’ service company. As a musician, you can either upload your music to your profile in the community (under a CC 4.0 by-share alike license) or to our Tribe of Noise PRO licensing platform (under a non-exclusive exploitation contract). What’s the difference? Read about it here.
This is another site you can check for free music to download and use in your next project. The music on this website are completely free to use even for Commercial purposes.
Sites To Get Creative Commons Videos
I have shown you where to get creative commons text, image and audio, how about a place to go when looking for CC videos? I am going to list the possible sites you can search for CC videos on the internet. You are free to use these videos just make sure you understand the license terms.
Flickr does not offer only images, it is also a great source for video footage. It has over 95,000 videos licensed under Creative Commons. Just make sure you check the licence to know what is required of you before using the video.
Like I told in the images section that I love using Pixabay when searching for images, I also like using it to search for video footage. I love the UI of the website and am convinced you will too. You can find Creative Commons Videos on this platform.
Videvo offers completely free stock video footage and motion graphics for use in any project. It has a collection of about 6000 clips and more are added each day. But make sure you check all the details of the license before you use the clips.
YouTube is the second largest search Engine after Google. It is a video sharing platform though not basically for Creative Commons but you can find CC videos on this platform. To know how to find Creative Commons videos on this platform check out this guide.
Open Images is an open media platform that offers online access to audiovisual archive material to stimulate creative reuse.
Materials on Open Images are provided under the Creative Commons licensing model.
According the website, there is No copyright restrictions (personal & commercial). The only thing they don’t want is their entire collection on your website, so the redistribution is limited to 10 videos on on a sites.
If you like it,mention them on your website, it’s helping the community and it’s encouraging them to produce more video clips.
One of the best places to download (for free!) unique HD stock video footage and animated backgrounds for any production purpose. All clips in the library are completely free to use and are a simple “right click save” to download. One thing about this site is that the last update was in 2016.
I have listed this platform as one of the place you can go and look for CC images, however you can also find video footage on this platform.
I have taken my time to go through all the website listed on this article and they are all ok as at the time of writing this article, however if you find out any broken link you can tell me in the comment box so I can update it. I hope you’ll be able to find the Creative Commons content you desire using any of the platforms listed above. If you find this page helpful please share it with family and friends because that’s the way you can help us grow and also help others in need of such information.