What is the best place to find copyright-free media?

Joe Videtto May 20, 2012

If someone is hoping to create a video, movie, website, blog, book, etc., and looking for ‘free’ content on which to build upon, where would the most exhaustive list of links to such content be found ?

It is my understanding that after a certain number of years, certain works enter the ‘public domain’. Not sure exactly what that means.

Also – if one would like the opportunity to sell the work they created with these copyright-free or public domain snippets, can they legally do so ?

  1. Jesus Morato
    October 24, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    My web : http://www.locutortv.es/musicalibredederechos.htm has royalties free music to EUR. Music legal and royalty-free for videogames, telephone, television, radio....

  2. Lambvolution
    August 3, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    for music you can visit http://mp3.com/ enjoy

  3. Dylan Brendan
    July 23, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Search for all kinds of different open source/ creative commons media across the web here: http://search.creativecommons.org/ You can also find copyright-free pictures on Pixabay.com.

  4. Oron
    May 21, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Joe, regarding "after a certain number of years" etc, forget it"! In the US, most works (printed works, movies, recordings etc) are copyrighted for the life of the author/performer+90 years (it's called the "Mickey Mouse Law", read about it!).
    You can legally use Public Domain works (which have no copyright or where it was forfeited), works released under Creative Commons licenses (a form of copyright which grants you the right to use the work under certain conditions) or some "royalty free" copyright works (some companies and individuals choose to retain full copyright but still allow you to use the material). Here are some places where you can get free AV materials.


    Sounds/audio tracks:

    Video/Movies (these are free to watch, you'll need to check that you're allowed to re-use):


  5. Windowsisbettr
    May 21, 2012 at 1:32 am

    Public domain is an interesting concept.
    The idea is that after x amount of years, it becomes everyone's property, and can be distributed free without penalty.
    However, there is a difference between filesharing 'free' and public domain works. If you might have to pay for it, its usually not good if its free.
    The exemption to this rule are ebooks- classics like A Mysterious Island are now public domain.
    Some free legal resource sites:
    http://www.gutenberg.org (eBooks)
    http://www.pdmusic.org/ (Public domain music- iffy site)

  6. Bruce Epper
    May 20, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    For books, you can check out Project Gutenberg. It is probably the largest collection of public domain materials around. (http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page)

    You could also search the Library of Congress (www.loc.gov) for public domain to find lists of materials that are currently in the public domain such as this list http://www.loc.gov/rr/mopic/pubdomain.html. They also have documentation on the reuse of public domain materials. (http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/195_copr.html)

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