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What are usage rights?

Usage rights tell the user what they can and cannot legally do with images that they wish to reuse.

A Brief Summary of Types of Usage Rights (from Google Support)

  • Free to use or share: Allows you to copy or redistribute its content if the content remains unchanged.
  • Free to use, share, or modify: Allows you to copy, modify, or redistribute in ways specified in the license.
  • Commercially: If you want content for commercial use, be sure to select an option that includes the word "commercially"

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Copyright-Friendly Pictures, Videos, and Sounds

For a quick guide and explanation of where to find media for classroom projects, visit the list made by Richard Byrne, of Free Technology for Teachers site and newsletter, available as a Google Doc or as a PDF (via Box).

Recommended Image Repositories

NOTE: You may need to do your image search by License/Usage rights at these sites. 
Hover over the title of the resource to get additional information. ALWAYS check images rights and restrictions prior to using an image.

Most images require at minimum an attribution, while some have other usage restrictions or requirements.

Image Searching

Use Creative Commons to look for images that have licenses that fit your use, or to see if you can locate the license for a particular image that you have.

  • If you are unsure if permission has been granted to use an image, try checking at Creative Commons
  • Enter terms in their Search Query to look for the exact image, or to see if a similar image is available with appropriate licenses to use for your situation.  
  • Check the CC license for each image you wish to use regarding use, attribution, etc.
Last updated on Nov 17, 2023 10:42 AM