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These sources contain material that is available under Creative Commons, Public Domain, or JMU license.
Read the small print to confirm that you can use for your project!

The Creative Commons Workshop, a series of video tutorials available to JMU users through Atomic Learning, will teach you more about licensing your own work. Visit Connect from Off Campus for help on connecting to subscription resources if you are off campus.

 

 

 

dig.ccmixter is devoted to helping you find music, which is liberally licensed under a Creative Commons license so you already have permission to use this music in your video, podcast, school project, personal music player, or where ever… [more info]
CD containing various sound effects.  Copies located in the Music Library and in Media Resources (Carrier Library). [more info]
Free Music Archive provides a library of legal audio downloads. [more info]
Free-Loops.com is a one-stop-shop for free loops and audio clip downloads covered by Creative Commons. [more info]
Funky Remixes allows users to legally rip, remix, and share music for free.  This site features hip hop, rap, rock, and electronic styled remixes.  Copyright covered by Creative Commons. [more info]
The Greg Smith Sound Effects Collection contains over 1450 sound effects tracks recorded by Greg Smith.  The collection is hosted by University Library at American University.  
*Note: the tracks are in a zipped mp3 format.  Once you download the zip file to your computer, you will need to un-zip them.  Please see the recommended programs on the Greg Smith Collection website.
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Jamendo is a source for free and legal music downloads covered by Creative Commons licenses. [more info]
PD Info provides sheet music and lyrics published in 1922 or earlier.  Also contains royalty free music tracks.  Fees for sheet music and tracks will not be paid for by JMU Libraries. [more info]
SoundClick is part of the free music community and features signed and unsigned bands. [more info]

 

 

 

Search Flickr images with Creative Commons licenses, which may be used under certain conditions such as attribution.  [more info]
Collection with various media types including images and videos with licenses which allow reuse under certain conditions, such as attribution. [more info]
Collection of nearly 80,000 images depicting global content.  Includes all areas of visual imagery with Creative Commons licenses.  Images may be used for noncommercial use under certain conditions, such as attribution. [more info]
Online public portal providing access to nearly one million electronic records currently in the Electronic Records Archives (ERA), which allows users to refine searches by material type.  Material types include moving images, photographs, and sound recordings.  Use "Additional information about this item" to check use restrictions. [more info]
Find digital materials for health sciences education including images, videos, and animations with Creative Commons licenses.  Images, etc. may be used under certain conditions, such as attribution. [more info]
Digital materials for health science education including photos, illustrations, and videos from the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention.  Most images in the collection are in the public domain and free of copyright restrictions.  The fair use statement beneath the image tells if the image is public domain or copyright protected. [more info]
Nearly 70,000 images including portrait, photographs, caricatures, posters, and graphic art illustrating the social and historical aspects of medicine dated from the 15th to 21st century.? Check the Copyright Statement on each image.
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Select video clips and high-resolution still images from America's underwater treasures.  Many items in the collection are in the public domain; each item includes Usage Rights. [more info]
Access public domain images and video clips of many National Park Service sites including monuments, battlefields, historic sites and related areas.
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Collection of videos, photographs, and other imagery of natural hazards, climage change, animals, and natural resources.  All items in this gallery are considered public domain. [more info]
Contains a wide assortment of public domain images, publications, video and audio clips including birds, landscapes, plants, wildlife, and invertebrates. [more info]
Provides information on the history, people, government, economy, and geography for 266 world entities.  Includes photos, maps, and flags. The Factbook is in the public domain. [more info]
The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North and South America maps and other cartographic materials.  Images available for certain uses (such as attribution) under the Creative Commons license. [more info]
Clip art images available for downloading and remixing; all images are free for any use. [more info]

 

 

DVD collection of 3D animated backgrounds for use in video projects and presentations.  Not available online.  Please contact the Media Center in Carrier Library to use discs: 540-568-6610. [more info]
Media Center
34 DVDs that contain high quality 3D animated backgrounds that can spice up video projects and presentations.  Not available online.  Please contact the Media Center in Carrier Library to use discs: 540-568-6610. [more info]
Media Center
34 DVDs containing over 3,200 royalty-free stock video clips.  Not available online.  Please contact the Media Center in Carrier Library to use discs: 540-568-6610. [more info]
Media Center
34 DVDs containing over 3,200 royalty-free stock video clips arranged by subject.  Not available online.  Please contact the Media Center in Carrier Library for use: 540-568-6610. [more info]
Media Center
Internet Archive's library of free movies, films, animations, and videos.  Uploaders designate whether or not an item has a Creative Commons License.  If they do so, the CC Logo will appear on the left hand side of the movie's detail page.  Click on this logo to see details about the specific type of license for each video. [more info]
Select video clips and high-resolution still images from America's underwater treasures.  Many items in the collection are in the public domain; each item includes Usage Rights. [more info]
Internet
Access public domain video clips of many National Park Service sites including monuments, battlefields, historic sites and related areas. Downloadable, QuickTime H.264 movie clips are available as zipped files that can be decompressed for use in video editing applications, web sites and other projects. All video clips are public domain. [more info]
Internet
A collection of films, short and full-length, that have entered into the Public Domain.  These films can be freely downloaded, modified, and remixed.
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Collection of videos, photographs, and other imagery of natural hazards, climage change, animals, and natural resources.  All items in this gallery are considered public domain. [more info]
Internet
Categorized stock video clips from WGBH TV. Loaded with rights-free archival footage. Create mashups or video shorts. [more info]
Collection with various media types including images and videos with licenses which allow reuse under certain conditions, such as attribution. [more info]
Internet
VideoBlocks contains downloadable stock footage, motion backgrounds, production music, sound effects, and more. [more info]
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