Images and videos are attractive elements for visitors of your website or blog. But just picking multimedia from others sites is not allowed, so you probably know.
Fortunately there are a couple of sites where you can get free pictures and free video footage with no copyrights.
If you want to embellish your blog or website with pictures and other multimedia you will have no problems finding material about any subject.
You have to ask for permission – or in case of some stock photos – pay before you use it.
However, there are also websites that offer free material with no copyrights. Yey!
You can start your search quest with Creative Commons (CC). This is an original American project for the promotion of ‘open’ content.
The project offers several types of licenses that allow for creative people to protect their work and give special permissions. A picture or video published under such a license may be used by others or be further processed.
In most cases when using a picture it is sufficient if you only mention the author’s name when spreading the material. If you want to find such CC material, please visit Creative Commons Search.
This is a meta-searcher that allows you to simultaneously search several specialized search engines (Yahoo Creative Commons search, Flickr Creative Commons search, Google Advanced Search with an option to set “results that are free to use or are free to be changed”).
A search term like “volcano”, for instance, will give you a ton of picture and video results.
A lot of sites offer so-called stock photos. These are photos that are either free or free to use with a mention of the photographers name.
Tip: A Search Engine that searches through all of these sites (and even a couple more) is PickFindr.
Free Audio and Video
Audio and video material is a bit more difficult to find.
Sound Transit specializes in mainly natural sounds.
Videos can be found on YouTube as well of course, but those movies are only meant to refer to or embed, not to download, edit and re-use on your own website.
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