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Online Learning: Open Images & Media

This guide is aimed primarily at students in the online undergraduate and graduate Education programs, and as such focuses on resources available online

Find and legally reuse images, music and video

Students and faculty are increasingly using images and media to create work that is shared openly on the internet, including presentations, videos and open course content. ‚ÄčImages, music, videos and other works posted on the internet are protected by copyright.

The easiest way to find media you can reuse and remix is to search for Creative Commons, open licensed, and public domain works. Citing the sources you use is usually mandatory but even when it is not (public domain works), it is a best practice. 

These videos can then be remixed using the YouTube Video Editor. 


Creative Commons License
This Guide is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY), unless otherwise noted.

Open images with attribution / citation


Timepiece by Robert Couse-Baker is licensed under CC BY 2.0 

The face of a black windup alarm clock

The face of a black windup alarm clock by Sun Ladder is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.


Image shared under a CC0 license


Image shared under a CC0 license


There are exceptions in the Copyright Act for educational institutions, but they are primarily concerned with uses for an audience of students of a specific institution; for example, works posted in a closed learning management system or used in a physical classroom. If you want to copy and reuse a work and share it publicly, options include:

  • Using Creative Commons, open licensed and public domain works
  • Creating what is informally known as a 'mash-up,' or "Non-commercial User-generated Content," as defined by the Copyright Act
  • Asking the copyright holder for permission to reuse the work

For more information, see the UOIT Copyright Guide.