In order to facilitate students and teachers finding images, audio, and other media files to use in presentations and other projects they’re creating, I’ve added the Creative Commons Search page to the links menu on the left. This search tool leads you to photos and other items for which the creators have voluntarily surrendered some of the rights they would have traditionally enjoyed under copyright protection. Instead, in the interest of sharing their work, they have chosen to allow you to use it without getting their permission – given certain conditions.
There are four components of Creative Commons licensing. All CC licenses require attribution. Beyond that, creators may add any or all of the other three conditions to the CC license for their work:
- Attribution – You must credit the source.
- Share Alike (SA) – If you use a CC item with this designation, you are agreeing to share the work you create under the same CC license.
- Noncommercial (NC) – Your use of the work is limited to noncommercial purposes (like teaching and scholarly research).
- No Derivatives (ND) – You may use the work, but only in its original form. No modifications permitted.