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:

Free To Share Resources »

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.

To look for usage rights beyond simply sharing, you can use an ‘advanced search’ option such as Google Image Search, for images, or Google Advanced Search, for text and other materials.

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.

Need help?

Ask the Library for assistance.

If you'd like to learn more on Free to Share content, see Murdoch University Library - Creative Commons and Open Access.


Check out this infographic on how Free to Share stuff can help you! PDF, 1.2mb


Who can use Free to Share content?

Anyone can! You don’t need to be a student, member of staff, or even a member of this Library to use and share these materials.

Shouldn’t I be worried about Copyright?

The Internet is not a copyright-free zone: even if the content of a website is 'freely available' because there is no cost involved in accessing it, the content is still protected by copyright. You usually need permission from the copyright owner to make a copy of any of their documents, illustrations, music, etc.

However, many authors and other content creators as well as universities, governments, corporations, and other enterprises are now using copyright-friendly licences such as Creative Commons so that you can freely use and share their content. For more information, see Open Access and Creative Commons

To learn more on Copyright and why it is important to you, see Copyright Matters.