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Finding and Using Free-Use Online Content

Looking for free images, sound, music or video to use in your PowerPoint, e-Learning video or other digital projects? Curated here is a list of databases containing free content. Check the license terms before use.

Right to be Identified Under Singapore Copyright Act (New!)

The Singapore Copyright Act 2021 introduced a new right to be identified. 

Identifications must be made in the way the author wishes to be identified and displayed prominently. 

Full details under section 373 of the Copyright Act and page 5-6 of this link https://www.ipos.gov.sg/docs/default-source/resources-library/copyright/copyright-act-factsheet.pdf.

Creative Commons Attribution Guidelines

Attribution is normally required when using someone else's copyrighted work. 

Creative Commons (CC)

Creative commons recommends the TASL approach:

T = Title
A = Author
S = Source
L = License

Examples of CC Attribution

 

Breakdown:

T = It is the beautiful Egypt
A = Karim Essm
S = It is the beautiful Egypt (link to original Wikimedia Commons page)
L = Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International (link to license deed)

More examples of TASL at the Creative Commons wiki here: https://wiki.creativecommons.org/wiki/best_practices_for_attribution

Others

Databases sometimes provide their own attribution guidelines e.g. Freesound.

Where to Place Your Attribution (Creative Commons)

Specific guidelines for Creative Commons (CC) Licensed Materials:

The general recommendations differ based on the medium – here are some recommendations by CC Australia:

Screenshot above from “Attributing Creative Commons Materials” by Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (www.cci.edu.au) in partnership with Creative Commons Australia (http://creativecommons.org.au) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Australia licence.