Millions of Public Domain and Creative Commons Images

Today I am giving a workshop on the millions of images available to teachers and students that circumvent the confusing issues related to copyright and “Fair Use”.  The following sites supply my blogs and presentations.  I have added some comments.  Please submit suggestions and comments of your own!

 Saturn photographed by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft (Government Work)


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morgueFile contains free high resolution digital stock photography for either corporate or public use.

http://www.morguefile.com/

Our search: “eyes”

Strengths: high resolution, no restrictions on use.

Weaknesses: slim selection, decorative rather than instructive

Flickr CC photo by Xavier Donat

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Wikimedia Commons  is a media file repository of public domain and freely-licensed educational media content

Our searches  “cat”, “Robert Kennedy Assassination”

(note sound clips)

Strengths: enormous catalog, tremendous for history.

Weaknesses: searches produce shotgun results, favors lapsed copyright images.

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Compfight provides searches through Flickr’s millions of Creative Commons photos

http://compfight.com/

Our Searches: “Destruction”, “Wrecking Ball”

Strengths: Tremendous variety; Amazing high resolution selection

Weaknesses: Metadata entered by photographer, making searches tricky; Creative Commons licensing generous, but requires checking.

From morgueFile

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Library of Congress Photostream on Flickr

Our Search: “War of the Nations 1919”

Visit Library of Congress

Our search: “Civil War”

Flickrcommons Inspired by Library of Congress contributions, it contains tons of pictures from contributing museums and other institutions.

Our Search “Theodore Roosevelt”

Strengths:  Fabulous archives, Public Domain

Weaknesses: Except for “collections”, may require painstaking search.

Public Domain Photo, Library of Congress

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United States Government

Search #1

History, Arts, Culture

National Gallery

“Winslow Homer”

Search #2

Science & Technology

NASA

“Jupiter”

Search #3

Defense & International Relations

State

Flickr Sets

Strengths: “Government Work” photos are free of copyright; Tremendous source material for Art, Science, Social Studies, English

Weaknesses: Quality, Quantity vary considerably among agencies; Tough to search.

Edgar Degas, “The Dance Lesson” from the National Gallery


Workahop conducted by Larry Baker, Associate Principal and Apple Distinguished Educator

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