Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Public Domain Sources


Good Stuff - Free

After I decided to pursue this new avenue of vidding I wondered just how much I would actually find to vid that would interest me. A few good searches and I found a quite a few I'm interested working with. And actually some fairly well know movies which fell through the copyright cracks in the floor.

This list is by far not complete but I wanted to get this posted. Just to show that this can actually be accomplished and produce good results.

The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format. Founded in 1996 and located in San Francisco, the Archive has been receiving data donations from Alexa Internet and others. In late 1999, the organization started to grow to include more well-rounded collections. Now the Internet Archive includes texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages in our collections, and provides specialized services for adaptive reading and information access for the blind and other persons with disabilities.

Public Domain Sherpa lists resources for high-quality public domain photographs. For each resource here, I tell you what you’ll find and give you tips for using the photos. Below are two examples from this site.

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief scientific research agency. Our job is finding solutions to agricultural problems that affect Americans every day, from field to table.

Library of Congress - American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning.

Lawrence University The following guide lists useful sources for finding public domain texts, images, and music. Works in the public domain are creative works that are not protected by copyright law and are free for the public to use as they wish.

Enoch Pratt Free Library gives a lot of sources for finding public domain material and also how to check whether it really is public domain.

blip.tv ComicsWeb series has a lot of the old movie serials from the 1940s like Captain America, Flash Gordon, Bick Rogers, and many more.

Kansas State University - Public Domain Resource has lots of resources plus information necessary in order to go into the public domain arena.

Saved The Best Till Last

Free Online Movies contains links to literally hundred of free public domain movies. Many from YouTube. And if you know how to download them from there you'll find many of 360p with some even at 480p. Definitely high enough quality to vid with. The other links are mainly back to The Internet Archive.

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