A licensing body such as Creative Commons is important for creators wishing to display their works on the internet yet still maintain some control over how others may wish to use it.
Creative Commons is a non-profit licence that helps in sharing and reuse of creativity and knowledge via free legal and technological tools . These tools are not alternatives to copyright laws, rather they work alongside them.
The slideshow below, Creative Commons: Spectrum of Rights from Yann Geffrotin explains the basics of Creative Commons licences. Websites listed below contain images, and other items, that have been placed on the web under a Creative Commons licence and are great starting points for finding images, etc. to use in your work. Remember to cite your sources and follow the Creative Commons attribution requirements.
Creative Commons Australia – information about a range of copyright licences which creators can use to manage their copyright in an online environment
Creative Commons (Gymjunkielibrarian) – grasp the basics of Creative Commons and attribution
Pics4Learning – free photos for education with permissions granted for teachers and students to use all of the imagesd donated to the collection by teachers, students and amateur photographers
Flickr – Creative Commons – chose from thousands of images posted by Flickr users under a Creative Commons Licence allowing for non-commercial use
Copyright Friendly Wiki – Copyright-Friendly and Copyleft Images and Sound (Mostly!) for use in media projects and web pages, blogs, wikis, etc. – a fantastic collection of resources as most of the media in these collections are attached to generous copyright licensing however you do still need to be aware of citing sources
Wikimedia Commons – free images, sounds and video clips that can be used as long as attribution is included. You are also allowed to copy, use and modify any files as long as “the source and the authors are credited and as long as users release their copies/improvements under the same freedom to others”
WorldImages – California State University IMAGE Project – an internationally recognised database which contains over 80,000 images, includes all areas of visual imagery and is global in coverage
Image Codr – ImageCodr.org will generate the ready to use HTML code required when using Flickr images and also display a brief and easy license summary