Tuesday, April 5, 2011

If a picture is worth a thousand words…

…how much are 9.8 million freely usable pictures, images and other media files worth? Contrary to popular belief, not everything you find on the Internet is free for the taking. Copyrighted materials abound. Anyone who has ever tried to find photos, artwork, or other images that have no copyright restrictions for use in their projects will tell you that. If you need to create Web pages or web-based videos for class projects, you'll want to make sure that the images you use aren't infringing on any copyrights. Wikimedia Commons can help with that. Wikimedia Commons is a database of freely usable media files such as copyright-free photographs, diagrams, animations, music, spoken text, video clips and media of all sorts. Its primary purpose is to serve as a central repository for Wikipedia projects, but the media files it contains can be downloaded for use by anyone. Spread the word. Wikimedia Commons is a great source of freely licensed media. Check it out at: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

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