Guide to Finding Creative Commons Material

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Quick Reference Guide to Finding Creative Commons Material

for Teachers and Students

This information guide was jointly developed by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation through Creative Commons Australia and the Copyright Advisory Group of the Ministerial Council of Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs.

You can find this and other Creative Commons fact sheets at For further information contact Creative Commons Australia at

Information about Creative Commons

  • – CC international site

  • - CC Australia site

  • – iCommons – CC-founded open source community

  • - List of sites which host CC-licensed material

Search tools for finding Creative Commons and open access resources

These sites have material which is searchable by how they can be used, including whether they are under a Creative Commons licence:

  • - main CC search engines

  • - search engine for Australian open content material

  • – Google advanced-search allows you to search for material based on its “usage rights”

  • – yahoo advanced-search allows you to search for CC licensed material only

  • - allows you to search the Flickr photo archive for CC material

  • - video site that allows you to search based on licence

  • - internet browser with a built in CC search function

  • - Owl offers a next generation music discovery engine which compares your favourite songs to thousands of others to find similar songs, all of which are CC licensed

Web resources where all material is CC licensed or open access


  • - CC wiki listing notable CC licensed books

  • - an artistic project which releases an eclectic mix of writing under CC licensing

  • - collection of Australian state and federal legislation, case law and journals. AustLII participates in the free access to law movement.


  • - photographs of the British Isles all under CC licences

  • - a moderated photo community with over 3000 CC licensed photos in various categories


  • – CC sound remix tool and archive

  • – CC music archive

  • – CC record label

  • – CC music distribution site

  • - collaborative database of CC licensed sounds

  • - collaborative podcast where users can contribute, find, and share music under CC licences

  • - music community

  • - archive of “field recordings” from various locations around the world published under a CC Attribution licence


  • - CC wiki listing notable CC licensed films.

  • – advertising supported CC video site

  • - Elephants Dream, open source film

  • - Cafune, feature-length CC film

  • - Master flash files and bitmaps of every piece of art used in the Odd Job Jack cartoon, available under a CC licence.


  • - provides free, searchable, access to MIT's course materials for educators, students, and self-learners around the world.

  • - a directory of open access academic repositories, featuring collections such as:

    • - the Teaching and Learning Research Programme supports and develops the UK's educational research to improve outcomes for learners of all ages.

    • - the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics, has built an extensive collection of digital video materials supporting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education reform.

  • - Overmundo Banco de Cultura - Brazilian multi-format CC archive (in Portuguese, but you can view the licences in English).


  • - provides music lessons in text, audio and video format under CC licence.

Web resources where some material is CC licensed or open access Images

  • – online photo album – CC licensed material can be accessed via the main site, or through a dedicated portal at

  • – Australian themed images, some of which are CC licensed. Includes the following Flickr groups:

    • People, places and events -

    • Australia Day -



  • - The Internet Archive is an internet library, hosting thousands of CC-licensed and Public Domain video, audio, and text items.

  • – Second Life, a resident built virtual world, which allows open licensing for content created in the world

  • - Remix Commons is a network of free culture projects in the UK

  • - Open Clip Art Library

  • - The Light and Matter series of introductory physics textbooks is available for free under a CC licence.

This information pack is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Australia licence. You are free to copy, communicate and adapt the work, so long as you attribute the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation, the National Copyright Unit and Creative Commons Australia. A copy of this licence is available at or write to

Photos (left to right): “Teaching Math or Something” by foundphotoslj,; “Learning” by stefg,; “Teaching” by Jacob Bøtter,; “telemachus: the tower, 8 a.m., theology, white/gold, heir, narrative (young)” by brad lindert , All images licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic licence,

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