Wednesday, December 1, 2010

30+ Places To Find Creative Commons Media

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30+ Places To Find Creative Commons Media


Sean P Aune


Web Tech






In this day and age, it seems everything online has a price associated with it. Whether you’re subscribing to a pay site for full articles or clicking on ads in a blog, everything online seems to have money associated with it. Luckily there is still a large, and very healthy, movement online for media files listed under the Creative Commons licenses.

Audio Over 7,000 free audio files as of this writing, all well categorized and easy to navigate. It also mixes in some social networking allowing to you have firneds lists, run a blog and more.

artistserver ccMixter offers up thousands of Creative Commons licensed remixed songs in just about every genre available. Make sure to read each tracks info page to see just which version of the license it follows.


General Searches Most people only think of for the Wayback Machine, but it also offers up a huge selection of audio, video and text documents under the Creative Commons license.

archive Search: The search at allows you to choose which type of license you want to search for, and then you can search on, Flickr, Google, OWL, SpicXpress and Yahoo all from one easy interface.


Google Advanced Search: The advanced search options in Google allow you to restrict it to CC licensed items.


Wikimedia Commons: The Creative Commons arm of Wikipedia allows you to search through all of the files they use.


Yahoo Creative Commons Search: A version of Yahoo search that allows you to search only for Creative Commons items.


Flickr Creative Commons search: A specialized search inside of Flickr that will allow you to search only for images that are using CC licenes.

flickr is a mixed media hosting site, but within the image portion you can find a clearly makred directory of Creative Commons licensed photos.


Videos Video uploaders are allowed to assign multiple types of licenses to their content, including various Creative Commons styles, and then users can search on each type to make sure they are only seeing what they need.

blip_tv OurMedia is a media resource for people to upload and share their works that is run by the Internet Archive. Seeing as is all about Creative Commons licenesed works, they have carried that over to this project.



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