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How to find Creative Commons licensed materials

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Creative Commons Information Pack

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 National Copyright Unit of the COAG Education Council.

For further information contact Creative Commons Australia at info@creativecommons.org.au

 
Digital technologies have revolutionised the way in which content is created and shared in education. Teachers and students alike can communicate, share and modify all kinds of content, from video to images and music, in new and interesting ways. The use of digital forums like websites, wikis and blogs in the classroom is rapidly expanding. With these new opportunities, there come various copyright challenges.

 

Creative Commons presents a solution to this problem. This copyright licensing scheme opens up a whole swag of content that teachers and students can freely copy, communicate, remix and repurpose. Permission from the copyright owner does not need to be sought as permission has already been granted.

 

This guide was created to help teachers and curriculum units find CC licensed material. It forms one part of an information pack on CC for the education sector. It is advised that you first read information guide ‘What is Creative Commons?’ for a simple and helpful introduction to CC.


Finding CC materials

Because the CC system includes metadata (machine readable code), CC content can be found a number of different ways. A good place to start is the search portal on the Creative Commons website.  The portal allows users to return very specific results from a number of websites which host CC material, based on the type of use you want to make of the material.

 

For information on how to find CC material using the CC search portal, see information guide ‘How to find Creative Commons Material using the Creative Commons Search Portal’.

You can also search for CC material using Google.  Google offers advanced search options which allow you to customise your search for CC material based on a search term and the type of CC licence the material is available under.  For information on how to use Google to find CC material, see the following information guide:  How to find Creative Commons Material using Google.  If you’re looking for YouTube clips, you can also search for videos on YouTube that are licensed under Creative Commons.  See the following information guide:  How to find Creative Commons Material using YouTube.


Sources of CC licensed content

If you’re looking for specific types of content, it can sometimes be easier to go directly to a website which hosts the type of CC material you are looking for. The table below outlines some good sources of CC material. For a more detailed list see this wiki on Content Directories and Smartcopying’s list of OER.