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OA Movement

Inherent in the idea of Open Access is the principle that information and knowledge should be shared and developed upon collaboratively without restrictive copyright laws. 

A current environment of social networking and crowd sourcing has seen the development of another strong sub-culture - Open Access Multimedia. 

Within this culture of the scholarly and academic Open Access movement, development and use of various media is growing.

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"Open Culture: - A definition

A brief desciption of open culture and its relation to copyright laws in Canada and worldwide.

Creative Commons Canada

Site granting Creative Commons licenses to copyright holders in Canada.

An international, chapter-based student organization advocating on behalf of the free culture movement.

RIP: A remix manifesto

NFB documentary by Brett Gaylor about copyright and remix culture.

OA Images

You may find images on the web and think it is easy to just cut and paste; however,  you cannot use graphics, videos, and images from the web without determining usage permissions and copyright levels.

These websites provide copyright-friendly images you can use freely as long as you abide by any terms of use provided by the owner of the content. 

  • Creative Commons Content Directories
    This site lists websites where you will find images, music, video, and text using Creative Commons licensing.
  • Elated
    Build your website using free tools and graphics.
  • Flickr
    A great source of images and videos. Set your search options to select the Creative Commons.
  • Google Advanced Image Search
    IN the left-side navigation bar, select the "Usage Rights" option and search for copyright-free materials.
  • morgueFile
    "Free images for your inspiration, reference and use in your creative work, be it commercial or not!"
  • Pics 4 Learning
    Check this out! Copyright-free images for educational use by students and teachers.

OA Music

Before you use any of the music found on these websites read the terms of use and abide by those rules.

  • ccMixter
    A community music site featuring remixes licensed under Creative Commons.
  • Creative Commons Content Directories
    Lists websites providing images, music, video, and text that use Creative Commons licensing.
  • Free Hip Hop Beats
    Downloadable hip hop beats covered under a Creative Commons License that requires audio attribution.
  • Internet Archive
    Access to downloadable video, audio, text & multimedia in the public domain.
  • Jamendo
    All music on Jamendo is free to download and can be shared or modified depending on how each specific piece of music has been licensed.
  • Petrucci Music Library
    A wiki-based repository of musical scores available in the public domain.

OA Videos

Before you use any of the videos found on these websites read the terms of use and abide by those rules.