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Faculty & Staff: Copyright and Fair Use: Public Domain

A guide to copyright rules and regulations specifically for educators. This guide will walk you through the pitfalls of copyright and help you navigate the rules regarding Fair Use.

The public domain contains works that are not protected by copyright law. Anyone can use these works without seeking permission or attributing the work's creator. There are several resources online where you can find works in the public domain. Use Google to search or visit a link on this page. We hope you get great ideas from these public domain resources!

For more information on how works become part of the public domain checkout

The Public Domain Archive has lovely images, but no search feature. Permit time to browse.

The Public Domain Review does have a keyword search. It is full of the quaint and curious from books to images to essays to film clips.

Unsplash has beautiful Instagram style photos and a search feature.

Pixabay Boasts photos, music, and video that is released under a Pixabay license making it free to use without attribution to the creator, even for commercial purposes.