Skip To Main Content

Copyright Information and Free Media Resources

“Creativity, Copyright, and Fair Use.” YouTube, Common Sense Media, 4 Sept. 2020,

  • Huffman ISD Student Handbook
    • Student Responsible Use Policy
      • Respect Intellectual Property: I will suitably cite any and all use of websites, books, media, etc. I will respect all copyrights. I will request permission to use the software and media that others produce.

Copyright Law

Copyright is a legal set of rights that is designed to protect the intellectual property of content creators (e.g. authors, artists, musicians, programmers) for works that exist in a fixed, tangible medium of expression. In other words, copyright protects the things that people create. Copyright law is codified in Title 17 of the U.S. Code (per the Copyright Act of 1976) and applies to all original works created under the jurisdiction of U.S. law.

Works of "authorship" under copyright law include:

  • Literary works
  • Musical works, including any accompanying words
  • Dramatic works, including any accompanying music
  • Pantomimes and choreographic works
  • Pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works
  • Motion pictures and other audiovisual works
  • Sound recordings
  • Architectural works

“What Is Copyright?” Rochester Institute of

Try using the following sites to access free images and multimedia for education purposes...

Pics4Learning - Pics4Learning is a curated image library that is safe and free for education. Teachers and students can use the copyright-friendly photos and illustrations for classroom projects, web sites, videos, portfolios, or any other projects in an educational setting.

New York Public Library Digital Collections - NYPL Digital Collections provides free and open access to thousands of digital resources; audio, video, webcasts, images, prints, photographs, and texts. Materials downloaded from the NYPL Websites may only be used for personal, educational, or research purposes. They may not be used for commercial purposes.  Use the Cite This Item feature for easy citations.

Wikimedia Commons - Wikimedia Commons is a media file repository making available public domain and freely licensed educational media content (images, sound and video clips) to everyone.  Unlike traditional media repositories, Wikimedia Commons is free. Everyone is allowed to copy, use and modify any files here freely as long as they follow the terms specified by the author; this often means crediting the source and author(s) appropriately and releasing copies/improvements under the same freedom to others. The license conditions of each individual media file can be found on their description page. The Wikimedia Commons database itself and the texts in it are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Burst - Burst is a free stock photo platform that is powered by Shopify. Our photographers are constantly shooting and uploading high-resolution images to help our users find the perfect free stock photo for their next project.  You’re welcome to edit, crop or otherwise modify these images however you see fit. The goal of our library is to help as many people as possible, so all of our pictures are royalty-free, with no attribution required. That means you can use them in your school projects, client work, print ads, menus, on websites and beyond. 

Reshot - Photos, Icons or Illustrations from Reshot can be used in: Social Media posts, Online marketing ads, Educational projects, Commercial projects and Editorial projects. Items under the Reshot Free License can be used in your commercial and non-commercial projects, for free. You’re granted a copyright license to download, copy, modify, distribute, publicly perform and broadcast the Items. Your rights are non-exclusive, worldwide, sub-licensable and ongoing. Attribution is not required, however, we would appreciate it if you credit Reshot where reasonably possible.

StockSnap - We promise our users an ever-expanding collection of the best, most beautiful stock images for free. And we offer these images under a single, simple CC0 license that lets you do what you want with all our photos, with no attribution required.

Freerange - Freerange Stock provides high-quality free stock images to our community of over 750,000 registered users. Since 2007, our collection of photos, textures, and illustrations has been frequently featured and promoted on lists of recommended free image sources across the web. All images are licensed for broad commercial use without attribution, providing dynamic visual tools to fuel our members’ success.

Stockio - Whether you’re looking for stunning professional photos, high quality, editable vectors, stand-out icons, or unique videos, you will find your inspiration at Stockio. Free for personal or commercial use.  Not for sale or redistribution.

Prefer to search Google?  Make sure you are only using items with a Creative Commons license!

Tools: Usage Rights


Creative Commons