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Use the following resources to search for alternative legal sources for images, videos, music, and books. Also, don't forget to contact our own library for additional licensed materials and subscriptions.

Creative Commons

Creative Commons (CC) established in 2012 allows for licensing your own works or use others who have shared their works under creative commons. There are 6 main CC licenses which provide permission to share and use others work based on certain conditions, such as providing an attribution.

* CC also provide tools that work in the “all rights granted” space of the public domain. Our CC0 tool allows licensors to waive all rights and place a work in the public domain, and our Public Domain Mark allows any web user to “mark” a work as being in the public domain.

Are you in need of copyright or free use image, media, music, or video, use the Creative Commons Search feature OR add the CC search to your Firefox browser. Other browser plug-ins can also be added for Chrome, Opera, and Safari.

Visit the UCLA Library for a fantastic grouping of links to creative commons, open content/access, and public domain images, plus online image collections and more.

Public Domain

Works in the public domain are those that are not protected by copyright and are free for use. The reasons why works end up within the Public Domain are due to expiration of the copyright term, work is not copyrightable, work is of the government.

Use the following sites for public domain books, images, and films:

Utilize the Public Domain Slider as an aid to determine if a work lands in the Public Domain.

For additional detailed information on the Public Domain and other copyright information visit's Public Domain FAQ's.

Additional Copyright Resources


CopyRight@BC website is intended to provide general information and does not constitute legal advice. Please contact a licensed copyright lawyer if in need of counseling.


Phil Roche
Copyright Librarian

Linda McConnell
Digital Copyright Manager

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