Creative Commons (defined)

The Creative Commons organization is a non-profit that:

provides free, easy-to-use copyright licenses to make a simple and standardized way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work–on conditions of your choice.

What this means for web developers and designers is:

  • a wealth of high quality content
  • available mostly free of charge

Just be sure to adhere to the licensing conditions specified by the artist or contributor, which often means including

  • attribution
  • not making changes to the original
  • only using the image for personal or non-profit uses.

You can use the Creative Commons search tool to find:

  • Images
  • Music
  • Video
  • Other Media

You can also specify how restrictive the license is for your use, by finding stuff you can:

  • use for commercial purposes
  • modify, adapt, or build upon

Be sure to Add CC Search to your browser’s bookmark bar, or you can even use CC Search in the Firefox Search field.

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