Copyright-free Images and Music

Use Appropriate Images and Music Legally!

Most pictures and music are protected by a copyright, meaning the original author wants to be able to control how their creations are used publicly. If an image or music is copyright protected, you must obtain permission from the original artist to use their work in your project.

Watch the video below for an explanation of copyright, fair use, and what standards you must meet to use copyrighted work under "fair use".

Copyright and Fair Use Animation

***According to Fair Use, you must CITE THE SOURCE for any works you did not create yourself. Many of the sites will tell you how to do so for media used from their site. In most cases:

  • Images - display "(c) Author, Publication Date" near the bottom of the image
  • Audio/Sound - display "(c) Title, Author" on the screen sometime while the audio is playing

*NOTE: Some of these sites may now be blocked by our updated Internet filter. Thanks for being patient while we try to work on the problem.


If you are going to search through Google Images, be sure to follow these instructions:
  1. Google Image Search → Search Tools → Usage Rights
  2. Under “Usage Rights” choose the way you are planning on using the image. This will filter to only show you images you have permission to use in that way.

**Check out this large collection of Copyright Friendly Resources (links to other websites)

Audio / Sounds

    • This is your best option!
    • FISD pays for a subscription to their service, so its legal to use.
    • To log in from home use "libertyhigh" and "soundz"

  • (over 150 tracks the musician Moby has made available from his huge catalog of music.)
  • Internet Archive - Audio Archive (This library contains recordings ranging from alternative news programming, to Grateful Dead concerts, to Old Time Radio shows, to book and poetry readings, to original music uploaded by our users.)
  • Public Domain Information Project (Public Domain Music Library has thousands of 1922 or earlier books, hymnals, periodicals, and sheet music.)
  • Lit2Go (Lit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format.)
  • Jamendo Music

Or create your own music!