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Contains the series of library guides for copyright free & cc audio visual, images and music.

About Copyright Free and Creative Commons Resources

Copyright is a type of intellectual property which gives creators exclusive rights over anyone copying, publishing or distributing their work. Creators can licence or get payment for copies of their work. 

Creative works are protected by copyright, unless they are out of copyright which means that copyright has expired. Copyright owners can make their work freely available under Creative Commons, an open standard licensing system to facilitate the reuse of content. Copyright free works have no conditions but Creative Commons licence terms must be followed. 

Using this guide

This guide helps you to:

  • Understand the fundamentals of copyright
  • Identify Copyright Free, and Creative Commons resources
  • Cite or attribute Creative Commons correctly
  • Find Creative Commons materials and open access scholarly resources
  • Choose the correct licence.

Get help 

Get help from a librarian when you need support beyond what you can find in this guide. Bookings are available for students, educators, and researchers.

Get email advice from the Copyright Office.

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