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Copyright: Where can I get free material to use?

Copyright Help Guide


Where can I get materials that I can use?

There are many websites that provide images for you to use in presentations, reports, online and in publications.  Some of these sites require free registration, others may require payment, either as a fee per use, a once off fee or an annual membership entitling you to a certain number of uses or images.

See our Finding Images & Videos help guide for a comprehensive list of resources that you can use free of charge and without breaching copyright.

Open Access

Open Access means that the item is out of copyright or that the copyright owner has removed price barriers (subscriptions, licensing fees, pay-per-view fees) and permission barriers (most copyright and licensing restrictions). 

This means that users  have unrestricted reading, downloading, copying, sharing, storing, printing, searching, linking, and crawling of the full-text of the work.

Many copyright owners block plagiarism, misrepresentation, and sometimes commercial re-use of the material. Many copyright owners use one of the Creative Commons licenses to show their consent to open access use their material.                                                                                                                                                                               

Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a world wide project that encourages copyright owners to allow others to share, reuse and remix their material, legally.creative commons logo

There are a range of free licences that creators can use to manage their copyright in the online environment, called Creative Commons licenses. These licenses allow creators to communicate which rights they reserve, and which rights they waive for the benefit of recipients or other creators. Creative Commons licenses do not replace copyright, but are based on copyright laws.

To find out more about Creative Commons, or to search for available materials, go to Creative Commons Australia.

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