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Creative Commons

Provides information about Creative Commons licenses, which allow you to share, reuse, and remix images, video, music, and other content.

Copyright Questions?

The University of Michigan Library Copyright Office provides help with copyright questions for University of Michigan faculty, staff and students. Please email us with questions or visit our website for more information.

Legal Advice

The information presented here is intended for informational purposes and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have specific legal questions pertaining to the University of Michigan, please contact the Office of the General Counsel.

If you require legal advice in your personal capacity, the lawyer referral services operated by the Washtenaw County Bar Association and the State Bar of Michigan may be helpful to you.

Searching for Licensed Works

When works are marked with code generated by the Creative Commons License Chooser, that mark is machine readable. A number of search tools allow users to limit their search by license.

Sources of Licensed Works

All of the following platforms host materials that have been licensed under Creative Commons licenses or are in the public domain. They allow users to search for works by license. Most of the platforms also host materials that have not been licensed under any open license.


Course Materials


The sites below offer images that are licensed for reuse or are in the public domain. The Images research guide provides a more comprehensive list of such sites.

Sound Recordings

Audiovisual Works