Free to Share
‘Free to share’ images, videos, music, books, teaching materials and so on can be copied by anyone and shared with anyone because they have been published with a copyright-friendly licence such as Creative Commons.
Depending on the specific licence that the creator has used on their ‘free to share’ work, you may also be able to add to, edit, and remix these materials.
Where do I find Free to Share content?
Here's a list of websites and repositories full of Free to Share content:
You can also use Google or other search engines to look for Free to Share works; simply add ‘Creative Commons’ to your search terms: for example, kangaroo paw images creative commons, physics textbook Creative Commons, or audio Jane Austen Creative Commons.
Either way, be sure to check the Creative Commons licence applied to any specific work to see how you can use it.
Open Access and Free to Share: what is the difference?
Open Access is a term that usually applies to scholarly journals and repositories, and means that there are no restrictions, such as a paywall, on who can read the contents.
Open Access does not necessarily mean ‘free to share’: it may only mean that you can copy and download an article, for instance, for your own study and research.
Ask a Librarian for help locating Free to Share, Creative Commons or Open Access content.
If you'd like to learn more on Free to Share content, see Murdoch University Library - Creative Commons and Open Access.