Creative Commons: CC0 at the Cleveland Museum of Art: 30,000 high quality digital images now available . “The Cleveland Museum of Art is one of the most visited art museums in the world, and soon it will become one of the most important online collections as well. Today, we are announcing a release of 30,000 high quality, free and open digital images from the museum’s collection under CC0 and available via their API. CC0 allows anyone to use, re-use, and remix a work without restriction.”
Metropolitan Museum of Art: Scaling the Mission: The Met Collection API. “Today, The Metropolitan Museum of Art launches a new public API for the collection. Through The Met Collection API, users can connect to a live feed of all Creative Commons Zero (CC0) data and 406,000 images from the The Met collection, all available for use without copyright or restriction.”
Artnet: The Art Institute of Chicago Is the Latest Museum to Offer Open Access to Thousands of Images in Its Archive. “The Art Institute of Chicago is now offering unrestricted access to thousands of images—44,313 to be exact—from its digital archive. The release is part of the museum’s website redesign and the images have been made available under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license.”
Joyce Valenza: Google Docs and Drive Add-ons for CC0 images. “If you use Google Docs and Slides to create and communicate, you may be interested in how easy it now is to incorporate free, copyright-friendly images into your projects without having to leave your document to search for them. I was surprised to discover my very favorite image portals were available in the form of add-ons.” Quick roundup but so useful if you do a lot of writing in Google Docs / Google Drive!
Ned Potter: A Guide To The Best Free Sites For CC0 Art And Stock Photography. “The sites listed below contain images which have been made Creative Commons Zero (also known as CCO) by their creators, are available to use by anyone, however they like. The images are in the Public Domain and can be reproduced, incorporated into other works, modified, and reused, without needing permission and in most cases without even needing to credit the author.” Not the biggest list ever but nicely annotated.
The Met: Celebrating Six Months of Open Access, plus The Met on Google BigQuery. “It’s been six months since The Met launched its Open Access initiative, which made available all 375,000+ images of public-domain works in The Met collection under Creative Commons Zero (CC0). During what is just the dawn of this new initiative, the responses so far have been incredible.” Don’t miss the bit on BigQuery!
Hongkiat: Free For Commercial Use – A New CC0 Stock Photo Site. “Cheesy stock photography is on the way out being replaced by quality stock photos, many of which can be downloaded for free. Yes, there are plenty of paid photo sites but the free ones are easier to use and more accessible with a $0 price tag. One of the newest sites in this arena is FFCU, an abbreviation of Free For Commercial Use. It’s not the catchiest name but the content is phenomenal.”