Documentation:Finding Alternative Resources

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Finding Alternative Resources: Creative Commons and the Public Domain

Basics of Canadian copyright

What can we (legally) do?



Public Domain

Petrucci Music Library: Project Gutenberg: Internet Archive:

Institutional repositories and open access

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ): Public Library of Science (PLOS):

Finding copyright friendly materials and open educational resources

"CC has no control over the results that are returned. Do not assume that the results displayed in this search portal are under a CC license. You should always verify that the work is actually under a CC license by following the link. Since there is no registration to use a CC license, CC has no way to determine what has and hasn't been placed under the terms of a CC license. If you are in doubt you should contact the copyright holder directly, or try to contact the site where you found the content."

More sources:, also here and here

Reuse Considerations

  • Can you reproduce the material? Are you allowed to change it?
  • What about linking? Syndicating? Embedding?
  • Do be aware of the source site's terms of service, ie "You shall not copy, reproduce, distribute, transmit, broadcast, display, sell, license, or otherwise exploit any Content for any other purposes without the prior written consent of YouTube or the respective licensors of the Content."

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