Creative Commons Workshop

Barbara DeFelice March 21st 2011 

Powerpoint from Workshop

Videos about Creative Commons

Searching for Creative Commons Licensed Materials

Attributing Creative Commons Licensed Works

License Your Own Work Assignment

Searching for Creative Commons Licensed Materials

Firefox has a Creative Commons search plugin that searches the site that is a good place to start when looking for Creative Commons licensed materials.  However, not every object or text found this way carries a Creative Commons license, so you have to look for the CC license symbol to make sure. The Mashable Social Media site maintains a list of sites, and following are some good sites for Creative Commons licenses materials but many of them contain a mix of CC, public domain and copyrighted materials.


Flickr is a popular and well-known photo sharing site. Many photos on the site are available under standard CC licenses
Luna Commons
Luna Commons is an academically-oriented image repository, but many materials are licensed under traditional copyright
AudioSwap Allows you to replace a soundtrack in your existing YouTube video with a selection of rights cleared music.
Dramacore is a netlabel that publishes music under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.
Free Music Archive
The Free Music Archive is an interactive library of high-quality, legal audio downloads.
FriendlyMusic Developed to provide an inexpensive way to buy rights cleared music, this is a project of YouTube
Jamendo is a site for artists to host their own music, and many do so with CC licenses in place
ccMixter is a community music site featuring remixes licensed under Creative Commons where you can listen to, sample, mash-up, or interact with music in whatever way you want.
BeatPick is a site geared to offering music licensed for use in ads, movies and tv productions, but also allows for free non-commercial use in academia.
SectionZ has an extensive collection of electronic music available for use under CC licenses.
Opsound is a gift economy in action, an experiment in applying the model of free software to music. Musicians and sound artists are invited to add their work to the Opsound pool using a copyleft license developed by Creative Commons. Listeners are invited to download, share, remix, and reimagine.
Brainy Betty
Brainy Betty has free MIDI audio clips for use in projects
Prelinger Archive
The Prelinger Archive is a collection of "ephemeral" (advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur) films made available through the Library of Congress
Artistic Club
The place where Artists and Art Works live. This site collects texts, films, images, and music, many of which are available under CC
iStockPhoto has photos, audio and video files; they have a business model that includes getting credits for contributing work that can be used to purchase use of a work
Music Video
Dotmatrix Project
DMP is a collective of photographers, videographers & sound engineers who produce and document live shows to expose the talents of everyone involved
Link Collections
Images You Can Use at the ROD Library, University of Northern Iowa
Copyright Free and Public Domain Media Sources, University of Wisconsin Eau Claire


Attributing Creative Commons Licensed Works

Install Open Attribute if you use Firefox, Chrome or Opera browsers, and you will see a widget that will produce an attribution for the items on a web page that have a Creative Commons license. IF you don't use those browsers, or need to check that the attribution it generates is adequate, see the following guidelines:


Sample of CC licensed image

“Un-Blinded (Black and White Edit)” by Cayusa
Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution- Noncommercial 2.0 Generic License (

Example of CC derivative work

“Clockstreet Grunge Abstract” by Mousewrites
Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-
Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License
Based on the picture “old big clock” by Alex Balan

  1. Keep intact any copyright notices for the Work
    • If the original Work has a copyright notice, then include it when you use or cite the Work
  2. Credit the author, licensor and/or other parties in the manner they specify
    • If creator says, “Please attribute John Smith” then attribute John Smith
    • If there is no note but a copyright notice, attribute the copyright holder
    • If no note and no notice, but a username, check the creator’s profile for more information
    • If there is none of the above, attribute the website by name
  3. Include the Title of the Work
    • If the Work has a title, then include it
    • If the Work has no title, use appropriate reference: “Untitled” by John Smith
  4. Include the URL for the Work if applicable
    • Link back to the original source wherever possible
    • Some print uses may allow for alternatives
  5. Include the URL for the Creative Commons license that applies
  6. Derivative works should acknowledge the derivation


On the Internet or in other electronic resources, links to sources and licenses may be embedded within the document and appear as:

An Ideal Attribution

This video features the song “Play Your Part (Pt.1)” by Girl Talk, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license. © 2008, Greg Gillis.

A Realistic Attribution

Photo by mollyali, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license.

A Derivative Work Attribution

This is a video adaptation of the novel Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license. Copyright © 2003 Cory Doctorow.


A PDF version of this document is also available for download.

Creative Commons License
Document by Anthony Helm. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License. It is derived and includes text from Molly Kleinman http://

License Your Own Work Assigment

Using Creative Commons Licensed Materials to Create a Project You Can Share

Steps:  Search---Find---Interpret---Create---License Your Work

Use PowerPoint to create something new, such as a presentation, a greeting card, a business card, or as a place to collect items to use in a video or a display. 


1.  Search for Creative Commons licensed materials using as a starting place. See handout/website with other good starting places.

2.  Find: Locate a variety of relevant items, for example, some background music or other type of sound, images, and videos. 

3.  Interpret: What kinds of licenses, if any, are linked to these items? See if you can locate material with different types of Creative Commons licenses. Note the attribution, if any. If it isn’t clear, what would you use? Every object needs to have some sort of attribution.

4.  Use: For the items that you have determined you can use:

Use your favorite means of copy/pasting links, clips, images etc into PowerPoint or Word. Some tips:  On the Mac this works well for images: Control Click Copy Image then Paste into PowerPoint. For music, video, and any other kinds of material you have to download first, use the Insert menu options such as Movie, Sound and Music, etc..

5. Create your project with 3-5 of these, including attributions. See guidelines for attribution for the Creative Commons licensed materials. 

If you use Firefox, Chrome or Opera Browser, download the “Open Attribute” Add On

6.  License your work: Use the Creative Commons license generator at:

Creative Commons License
Creative Commons Workshop Project by Barbara DeFelice is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.


Anthony Helm, for co-creating the presentation and workshop March 2010

Molly Kleinman at Univ. Michigan: Work found at / Molly Kleinman / CC BY 3.0 (