Useful Resource Sites
Before using third-party materials obtained from websites, it is important to check whether:
The website itself is credible.
If the website looks dubious, the materials uploaded onto that site may not be “free” as claimed. Using or disseminating materials found on these websites may result in infringement.
The content (article, photo, video, music, etc.) itself is provided legitimately.
While the website may be legitimate, the content available for use may not be. For example, there are many infringing videos on YouTube. Sharing such videos may constitute copyright infringement.
This is a list of websites with no / minimal requirements for use of third-party materials, as most of these are either public domain materials or licensed under Creative Commons:
Videos/ Audios/ Photos
Wikimedia commons has a vast source of photos, video and audio files made available to the public. Difference licences (e.g. Creative Commons) may govern these materials and before using any of them, officers should make sure to check whether these materials are in public domain, and if they are not, the terms of the licence.
Photos are free for commercial and personal use. Free photos are mostly of low resolution; payment will have to be made for photos of high resolution.
The Free Music Archive offers free downloads of audio and video materials under Creative Commons (CC) and other licences. Before selecting the song/video for download, you would have to check which kind of licence the song/video has, and ensure that the terms and conditions of the licence can be adhered to. Please refer to the licence guide.
This website, by ArtisTech Media, is a website with various audio materials. All of the materials are licensed under the CC licences. You would have to comply with the terms set out by the Creative Commons licence. Please refer to their license overview.
These books are free in the USA because their copyright has expired. They may not be free of copyright in other countries – and users must check whether copyright to these books has also expired in Singapore.
The site also has a number of copyrighted titles, for which the copyright holder has given permission for unlimited non-commercial worldwide use.
Click here to read the Copyright FAQs
Email Template for Copyright Clearance
(Name of School) is looking for suitable materials to use in our lesson package. We have found the following image/text/etc on your website useful and would like to know whether (Copyright Owner Name) is the copyright owner. If so, we would like to seek your permission to reproduce/ download/ modify the material.
A summary of the licence we are seeking is indicated below
|Link to the material
|Format of use
|Modification request (if applicable)
|Authorised User rights
|To reproduce / download / modify
The lesson package will be uploaded onto an MOE learning portal, which is password-protected and accessible by employees/staff of MOE, teachers and students, as well as any other MOE authorised persons (collectively MOE’s Authorised Users). These Authorised Users may access the portal outside of Singapore.
Please advise us on the terms and conditions for such use, as well as any preference in our acknowledgement of the materials used. We would also appreciate if you are able to send us a high-res/high quality copy of the image/video/audio, preferably at least resolution/bit rate/kbps after we have agreed on the terms of the licence. If you do not hold the rights to the image/text/etc, or if permission from other copyright owners are required before we can reproduce it, we would be grateful if you could provide us with the contact details of the copyright owner.
We look forward to receiving your favourable reply. Thank you.
Name and Designation
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