Here is my updated list of Royalty Free Resources for multimedia projects, including photo and music options. I’ve also included this list as a permanent page on my blog, accessible on the right hand side under pages. I’ve tried to list only options that I’ve actually used.
Most of these royalty free options require attribute i.e. credit to the author. It’s always safest to credit the author somewhere in your project…a footnote in print materials, a credit in a movie, or a credit slide in a powerpoint are generally sufficient.
Royalty Free Images
a free product of Tech4Learning these are images donated for classroom use
I always start here in the classroom because there are no inappropriate images and the site is simple enough so that I have taught first graders to navigate it.
Free Images Donated by Photographers
This is my second destination when I can’t find what I’m looking for on pics4learning. They are not necessarily for educational use but are available free and taken by real photographers who are willing to share their images.
Flickr Creative Commons Images
has images taken by photographers of different abilities (amateur and professional) which you can use according to their Creative Commons license.
free images for web pages
free photos of “everything of earth”
iStock Photo – $2-3 a picture
If you still can’t find what you want or are going to use your images in commercial projects, why not pay $1 per photo and use the image legally? These site has pictures of almost anything you would want.
Free Image Database
Free Clip Art
Royalty Free Clip Art
More Royalty Free Images
Larry Ferlazzo’s List
Terry Roberts’ List
Royalty Free Music and Audio
This guy has great movie music that’s easily searchable by mood and style. I don’t know how he makes a living cuz he’s giving good stuff away for free.
Free music selections. Great stuff for movie soundtracks.
Dig CC Mixer
good stuff, great variety
Recording artist, Moby, makes some of his discarded tunes available free to filmmakers
(If you listen to the tracks, they’re mostly ambient, ephemeral pieces though I did find one I liked for my Film School for Video Podcasters project.)
royalty free stuff, though I sometimes suspect some of the “public domain” material really isn’t
interesting stuff that I didn’t use for my last project but might use in the future
I didn’t find anything that I used from here but it’s another option. Requires registration.
This site contains music and video that is supposedly in the public domain…I have found a few examples on the web site that are not in the public domain and so I’m a little bit hesitant about using some of the material in video projects. Nevertheless, this is a great web site with tons of material.
I haven’t used this site yet, navigation is not entirely intuitive
$99 a year for school site access to royalty free music
great site for sound effects
Absolute Sound Effects Archive
Free Sound Project
by Larry Ferlazzo
Royalty Free Movies
Archive.org (search for moving images)
Public Domain Flicks
The Law and Additional Research Information
Fair Use Doctrine
Fair Use Comic Book
Fair Use in Media Education Guidelines
Is It In the Public Domain? Slider
Copyright for Teachers: Persistent Myths
Barely Legal Radio Podcast
Steal This Preso: Copyright, Fair Use, and Pirates in the Classroom