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Copyright and Fair Use

Public Domain Sites

Text Content

Books that can be read  online –   
Aesop’s Fables –   
Internet Archive:   
List of books known to be in public domain – 

Variety of books in the public domain –
Harvard Classics:
U-M Library Digital Collections: Delve into over 260 collections of images, texts, and more from University of Michigan
Deep Blue: Discover the output of U-M’s rich intellectual community in the institutional repository or make contributions of your own.
HathiTrust: Search the full text of over 11 million digitized items including more than 4.5 million books scanned at U-M.
Public Domain Sherpa
Copyright Renewal Database:  Stanford’s database of books who have had their copyright renewed. Specifically, This database makes searchable the copyright renewal records received by the US Copyright Office between 1950 and 1992 for books published in the US between 1923 and 1963.
“Jargon File” hacker slang and tradition-
Archive of text to classical art songs –
Christian classics –
Complete works of Shakespeare –
Historical documents (Western Europe)*  
Lutheran Church works(“Project Wittenberg”) –
Latin Vulgate Bible-
G.K. Chesterton works and biography*–
A beginner’s guide to effective email –
Catholic parish registries of Ireland-

Photos or Images

“Inexpensive” and free samples –  
Miscellaneous art clips (free) –  
Web graphics (icons and backgrounds) –   
Government photos (animals, scenery, miscellaneous nature) –   
Background samples –   
Photo archive –   
Clip art universe –     
Celtic clip art –     
Inki’s Clipart –   
Tornado images –   
Images of American political history – 
Maps1 – 
Images in the public domain –  
Public domain oil paintings –   
Free clipart and animations –  
Free Christmas art –   
Clipart for children –    
Archive of art2–       
Pictures catalogue—National Library of Australia3–     
Christian clipart –   
Clipart, photos and fonts4 –   
British Library released over a million items from 17th, 18th, 19th centuries:

Music or Song Content:  (CDs for sale)
Gospel music via MP3 -   
Free choral sheet music -   
Free sheet music -

Software Content

Links to public domain software

Video Content

Open Flix-  
Public domain films -


Subject to conditions at:  
Use caution. Some of the art is still copyrighted. Copy only ancient art.   
Copies limited to research or education. Permission required for publication or uploading.   
Commercial use of any copies prohibited.

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