Public Domain and Creative Commons Resources and Sources


This is a page I didn't ever think I'd write. I've moaned several times that when looking for good public domain or creative commons sources that most of the sites I've found are just lists of sites where you can find public domain or creative commons files, but not the files themselves. So why did I write this one? Because these are sites that I've found most useful when looking for material for my YouTube channel and other projects and most of the other sites I found just direct you to other similar lists. These, apart from some very large listing sites, actually take you to the download sites.

About Public Domain and Creative Commons

Center for the Study of the Public Domain
Creative Commons
Creative Commons License - Wikipedia
Public Domain - Wikipedia
Types of Licenses

General / Multi-purpose sites

Creative Commons
Internet Archive
Penn State Media Commons
Wikimedia Commons

Nearly all material on US and European government sites was created by or for government use and is in the public domain. This includes much material in the British National Archives and even the CIA World Factbook

Audio Tracks

Free Music Archive
Free PD
Internet Archive - Audio Archive


Flickr Commons
Flickr Creative Commons
Free Digital Photos
Free Images UK
Geograph - Images of the UK
Google Image Search
NASA Image Archive
Open Clip Art Library
Perry-Casta├▒eda Library Map Collection
Photo Everywhere
Realia Project
Wikipedia - list of public domain image libraries

Sound Effects

Free Loops
Free SFX
Free Sound
Sample Swap

Video Clips

AV Geeks
Detonation Films- free explosions!
Internet Archive - Community Video
Internet Archive - Ephemeral Films
Internet Archive - Moving Picture Archive
Internet Archive - VJ Loops
National Archives - Public Information Films
Public Domain Flicks
World Channel

Some of my Favourites from the Free Music Archive

Alone With Everybody - "A Brief Breath of Spring" - Free Music Archive
Camera - "Live at Solaris" - Free Music Archive
Goodbye Kumiko - "Bycycle Waltz" - Free Music Archive
Jahzzar - "Type Your Name Here Short: - Free Music Archive - used in Redbird SRA: May 21, 2006
Opal Book Club - "Tony Alva" - Fun Fun Fun Media (now gone) - used in Opal Book Club - "Tony Alva"
Brad Sucks - "Dropping out of School" - Jamendo used in The Bronconator
The Freak Fandango Orchestra - "At the Beginning" - Free Music Archive
The Stutters - "1. The Stutters Live at Purple Pop" - Free Music Archive
The Stutters - "3. The Stutters Live at Purple Pop" - Free Music Archive
The Sun Blindness - "Village Tapestry (Marty Rhone)" - Free Music Archive
The Very Most - "Congrizzle 4evzzz" - Free Music Archive - used in Redbird SRA: May 21, 2006
Vermillion Sands- "4. Live at Maloe Melo" - Free Music Archive
Waylon Thornton - "Cold Spot" - Free Music Archive - used in Attica Badlands: March 18, 2006
Zea - "1. Zea Live at Beginner" - Free Music Archive - used in Goofin' Around at Attica Badlands: March 1, 2008

Favourites on the Free Music Archive

Free Stuff in Use

Free Music Archive Channel
YouTube Channel

This page created June 3, 2012; last modified January 16, 2021