Any work (photo, text, video, music, etc.) is automatically copyrighted as soon as it takes physical (or digital) form. When you use media made by others, particularly if you plan to screen your video beyond Rice or share it via a site such as YouTube, you want to respect the rights of creators. You don’t want to get sued for violating copyright. Below are some approaches you can take when using a copyrighted work.
For a more general overview of how copyright works, refer to Fondren's Copyright and Fair Use libguide. For more information on CC, refer to Fondren's Creative Commons libguide.
Materials in public domain are not protected by copyright. You can use it without permission. For more information about materials in public domain, refer to Fondren's Finding Images and Text in the Public Domain libguide and Finding and Using Images in Publications libguide.
While the resources listed here are free to download, make sure to always check the copyright status of any works before you decide to use them in your project.
|Openverse||Browse through over 600 million items to reuse||Images/Audio||CC license or public domain|
|Flickr CC Photo Search||Use the advanced search to search for images using keywords and filter for only CC licensed material to reuse and repurpose in your own media.||Images||CC license|
|Vecteezy||Download free vector art, stock photos, and videos; make sure to select free license on the left of the page to filter.||Images/Videos||Attribution|
|Videezy||Download free HD stock footage and 4K videos; Browse by category or search by keyword. Under License type, check Standard and Creative Commons to filter.||Videos||Attribution or CC license|
|Flaticon||Use the largest database of free icons available in PNG, SVG, EPS, PSD, and BASE 64 formats, good for graphic design||Images|
|Jamendo||The world's largest free music website; registration required; Download thousands of free mp3 music files, organized by genre.||Audio||CC license|
|Noun Project||Search for over 3 million icons and photos; a fantastic resource to visualize all of the icons needed in your infographic design||Images||CC license|
|Fontawesome||Use to access a variety of icons for web design; requires you to sign-up for an account to get access to the free kit; make sure to filter under free icons, located to the left of the page||Images||Attribution|
|Unsplash||Use this for a source of freely-usable high-resolution images, gifted by a community of photographers||Images||Attribution|
|DigCCmix Music Discovery||Search this music discovery site for a collection of one million tracks to be used in videos and games||Audio||CC license|
|WikiMedia Commons||Browse over 87 million photos and other media in this public repository; online host site for images, sounds, and other media.||Images/Audio||CC license|
|The Rice University Image Library is free to use as long as you attribute the original source. For instance, put "photos are courtesy of Rice University" in the credits of your video||Images||Attribution|
|Finding images/video/text in the public domain||Fondren library's own guide for finding images, video, and text in the public domain.||Images/Video/Text|
|Finding images||Fondren library's own guide for finding images in the public domain, creative commons images, and Fondren subscription and educational use databases.||Images|
|Sound Effects (NYSVA)||The School of Visual Arts in New York has a list of resources containing sound effects for use in your media projects; read closely to determine licensing and attribution||Sound|
|Penn State MCL||Penn State University has a list of free media resources in the Media Commons Library, organized by media type and tips on how to use their sources||Images/Videos/Audio/3D Assets|