Everyone can take advantage of public domain, open access, and flexibly licensed content.
Employees have a variety of options when using images for non-instructional purposes. Public domain, open access, and flexibly licensed content can be used with fewer restrictions than other copyright-protected works.
In Canada, copyright lasts for the life of the creator +50 years (+70 for sound recordings). Thereafter, works enter the public domain and can be used freely without payment or permission from the copyright owner. Copyright owners may also choose to waive their rights and dedicate a work to the public domain.
To locate public domain material, search online for "public domain" and the type of material you’re interested in (i.e. "public domain" images).
For additional sources, see Wikipedia's public domain resources page.
Creative Commons offers creators licensing tools to redefine ways their works may be used. Materials with a Creative Commons license can be reproduced with fewer restrictions than other copyright-protected works.
To search for Creative Commons images that are licensed for non-educational or commerical use:
Visit the Creative Commons search page
Enter your search terms
Check the use for commercial purposes box, next to "I want something that I can..."
Select an image collection (e.g. Flickr, Google Images, Pixabay)
The information obtained from or through this website is provided as guidelines for using works for educational purposes and is not intended to constitute legal advice.
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