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Creative Commons and open educational resources

Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a licensing system based on copyright. When you create something (an image, movie, text, music, video) you also automatically have the copyright to that material. This means that others must ask you permission to use your material. If you, as an author, want others to use your material without having to ask for permission, you can put a Creative Commons license on your material. The copyright to the material is still yours, but you give other people the opportunity to use your material based on the rules you set. You decide for yourself how others can use your material (for example, whether they can edit the material or only use it in its original form, whether it can be used for commercial purposes or not, etc.). Licensing your material under Creative Commons is easy and does not cost anything. There is a short guide to follow in order to determine which license is best for you and your material (see below).

Creative Commons makes it easier to use other people's material. However, do not forget to follow the terms set by the creator in the form of the specific Creative Commons license (there are six different licenses). Below you will find links to short films and texts that will help you get started with Creative Commons - whether you want to use other people's material or let others use your material.

Three short films introducing Creative Commons

Så funkar Creative Commons (4:07, SNH - Samverkan för Nätbaserad Högskoleutbildning)

Vad är Creative Commons? (8:30, Webbstjärnan i samarbete med Internetguider på Stiftelsen för Internetinfrastruktur .SE)

Wanna work together? (3:00, Creative Commons)

How to license and publish your material

Share your work (

How to publish your material (University of Gothenburg)

How to find and refer to other people's material

Finding other people's materials (open educational resources) (University of Gothenburg)

How to specify the source of a work (such as an image) published under the Creative Commons license (

Read more about Creative Commons

Creative Commons Sweden

Creative Commons Global

Guide to Creative Commons from the Internet Foundation

Find free material (pictures, video, film, audio and other open learning resources)

If you do not have the opportunity to produce your own material, there are, besides buying materials (eg pictures from a photo agency), also materials to use that are free. The easiest way to search for images that you want to use in, for example, a PowerPoint presentation and at the same time not having to worry about copyright or licenses, is to search for images marked with CC0 or Public domain . The University of Kristianstad has produced a short introductory film that shows you how to do it.

Note that if people are depicted in the material (for example, in a picture), it is your responsibility to ensure that these persons have given consent for use. Also, be extra careful with images that contain logos and products related to companies. Also pay special attention to artwork. In the latter case, the artist holds the copyright until 70 years after his death. Therefore, be careful in the selection of materials. Also, check which license is given in connection with the respective material so that you know under what conditions you may use it (if you edit the material you may sometimes need to specify it, and in most cases you need to specify the source).

There are many websites with free images, here are some examples:

At Flickr there are both free and copyrighted images. Use the advanced search feature to filter your search results on material published under the Creative Commons license. For example, select the option All creative commons in the Any license menu. Another way is to search images by license type via the page

On Google, you can search for material that are free to use. You do that via the advanced search filter usage rights.

Learn more about finding free-to-use images via Google (

Advanced image search on Google (for example, select the free to use or share option in usage rights ).

Pixabay has both Creative Commons licensed images and photos that must be purchased. The latter are marked as commercial images in the search result and have the watermark Shutterstock on the image.

On Wikimedia Commons you can search for material (images, audio and video). Do not forget to check the license terms that apply to the material you find.

On Freesound you can search for audio clips. Do not forget to check the license terms that apply to the material you find.

On the Internet Archive you can search for some older pictures, books, audio, video, music etc. Do not forget to check the license terms that apply to the material you find.

The University of Gothenburg and the University of Karlstad have compilations where you can find open learning resources.

State the author and source

There are no practices for acknowledging images published with a free license, but for materials published under Creative Commons you can use the form: Name of the work, link to the work, name of the author, link to their username, license and link to the license. It may sound complicated, but by using links it is not. Here is an example of what it might look like for an image.

Video in teaching

Aspects to consider when producing and publishing video in teaching (Lund University)