What is Copyright?
A law that protects your control over the creative work you make so that people must get your permission before they copy, share, or perform your work. There are exceptions to copyright but they are very limited.
What is Creative Commons?
A kind of copyright that makes it easier for people to copy, share, and build on your creative work, as long as they give you credit for it.
What is a License?
A clear way to define the copyright of your creative work so people know how it can be used. Find out more information about each of the Creative Commons licenses here. To find out more about Creative Commons, check out their website. Click here for a Family Tip Sheet on Respecting Creative Work from Common Sense Media.
Copyright Friendly Pictures
Use these resources to find pictures that you have permission to reuse. Always give credit to the creator!
- Creative Commons Search
- Wikimedia Commons
- Library of Congress
- Google Advanced Search
- Flickr (Creative Commons Search)
- National Gallery of Art
- Smithsonian Open Access
- Paris Musées Public Domain Images
- NASA Image and Video Gallery