3.2 Copyright and Creative Commons

When designing digital media, it is important to understand the laws of copyright. This section will help us find fantastic media to use and manipulate without breaking the law.


Unfortunately, even though Google Images provides access to hundreds of thousands of amazing images, downloading and using one of those images infringes on the copyright of the image owner (this is considered stealing). This is also true for all digital media, including videos, audio, and social media. However, don’t despair! There are still ways to find and use amazing images, videos, and audio in your digital media product. 

Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that supports artists in legally sharing their creative works. Watch and learn from the Creative Commons & Copyright video below. Note: This video does not have closed captioning. If you prefer reading text instead of watching a video, please review the following resources:

Creative Commons Resources

Here is a list of sites where you can find creative commons media for your digital media product:

Do you know of any other sites for finding creative commons content? Please share in the course Google+ Community and help us build this list of resources.