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Creative Commons Sources
This site gathers sources for images, video clips, and sounds (both music and sound effects) that can be used to make your Maine STEM Film Festival videos. Anything you use must still be credited at the end of your video - see the boxes on the left side for more information.
Creative Commons Licensing
Giving credit in your videos
Your videos should have credits at the end where you list all the sources for the media you used.
Each credit should include:
- Title of the image/video/sound
- Creator's name
- Source (where did you find it? Provide the URL or hyperlink where the material resides)
- License: Name the CC license and provide a link to it
"Latest Saturn Portrait" by Hubble ESA, A. Simon, and M.H. Wong. CC-BY.
Sources for Images
Creative Commons Image Search
Searches across many sources of open access images. Always check each individual image you want to use to be sure it is under a creative commons license.
Google Image Search
After searching, go to "Tools" underneath the search bar on the results page. In the "Usage Rights" drop-down select "Creative Commons licenses." NOTE that if you change your keywords and search again, you'll have to reselect the usage rights.
Free photos for commercial and private use - no attribution necessary. Some photos may come from other websites which may not fall under public domain - check each photo to ensure that it is public domain.
Photos Public Domain
Search public domain clip art and photos by category. All photos on this site were taken by the website creator and released as public domain.
A public domain digital photography collection, with all photos taken by the website owner and released under a Creative Commons license.
All photos published on Unsplash are licensed under Creative Commons Zero. You can copy, modify, distribute and use the photos for free, including commercial purposes.
Sources for Video Clips
Pond5 Free Footage
Large collection of free stock footage
Vimeo Creative Commons
Subset of Vimeo collection licensed for Creative Commons uses.
**NOTE: not all videos on YouTube are Creative Commons. After doing a search, click "Filters" at the top of the search results, and then under "Features" select "Creative Commons."
Free stock footage. Also contains motion graphics, music, and sound effects.
Sources for Audio
Free sound effects to enhance your presentation
Free sound effects and clips
Based out of Barcelona, Spain, the Freesound site is a collaboration of individuals providing common and unique audio under a creative commons license.
Pond5 Free Music
Large collection of free background music
Free Music Archive
Large collection of free music under Creative Commons licenses