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The Public Domain

October 25, 2011

For this weeks assignment I thought that copyright issues were highly relevant and are a topic that illicit fear and uncertainty in most library students and newly minted librarians.  The one stop on the internet that I have been using for years that has media in the public domain is The Public Domain.  This blog is a collection of numerous links  for music, photographs, copyright and pretty much anything else one would want to know about works in the public domain, but it looks as if it has not been updated in a while but most of the links still work.  In this past I have used several of the links to image websites and have found Incredible Clip Art to have almost any image I could want, and all are in the public domain, which will put even the most concerned person at ease.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. October 25, 2011 11:11 pm

    WOW! I love clipart! Thanks for sharing the link! And copyright freaks me out too…I feel more comfortable with it than most people after working in copy centers and print shops through most of college, but it’s always an unsure thing. I always say, if you are unsure, don’t copy it.

  2. October 26, 2011 6:24 am

    Wow, great resource! I also use this for searching creative commons material:

    It’s limited, but it can help in a pinch

  3. October 27, 2011 6:54 am

    Awesome resource! I love it when you can find multimedia like this without the worry of copyright issues. Another source I love for art is It has tons of images that are past their copyright and the site is run under a creative commons non commercial license. The only issue is that the website is pretty poorly designed so it can be a pain to navigate and all of the art is hi res, so it can take forever to load. But, if you have the patience, you can get some awesome art for home or website!

  4. October 27, 2011 9:18 am

    Very useful–I love the Public Domain site. Laura, your post about VintagePrintable is also neat–some of those images would make great homepage backgrounds!

  5. October 27, 2011 10:36 am

    I personally understand the copyright fears but nowadays they are more a nuisance than a worry. Your site is a good choice to post because it’s not always easy to spot images and the like that can be used in a web site. Thanks for sharing the link.

  6. October 27, 2011 10:23 pm

    Great site. I searched around for a while looking for non-copyright protected content for my video. I wish I’d seen your post first.

    I ended settling on a few shots from after reading through their terms of use (esp. the “Your Content” section), but did so cautiously. While everyone who posts pics to Photobucket agrees that their images are their own, no one elses, there really isn’t any follow up. Photobucket seems to acknowledge as much with their terms statement that “[w]e’re not responsible if it’s not really yours or if you infringe on others’ rights; you will be responsible if there are any costs for that.”

    A link to the full terms of use:

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