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Free and legal Media and Educational materials
« on: January 07, 2008, 06:15:02 pm »
On various occasions links to free and legal media of different types have come up and the idea of making a permanent thread to collect them in was suggested.  This is that thread.  Hopefully it will get as much useful material as the Freely available and legal software thread has.

If you know of such materials feel free to add them here.

My thanks to all the contributors:

Capt. Mike, Stephen NCC -73070, NJAntman

I'm sure the contributors list will grow in time.  But its a start.

Before including a link here I verify it as accurate as of this time.  Any link whose media is not freely available (at the time of update) I remove.  Any whose link was invalid and an update not easily found I also do not include.  Some exceptions may be made, this is a guideline only.

If there are any errors, ommisions or corrections not covered by my comments above feel free to either post a correction/update here or PM it to me and I will edit it in at my earliest convience. 
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« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2008, 06:18:09 pm »
Free Media and Educational materials


Books

Archive
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Welcome to the Open-Access Text Archive. This collection is open to the community for the contribution of any type of text, many licensed using Creative Commons licenses. Please feel free to contribute your texts! (Uploaders, please try to set a Creative Commons license as part of the upload process, so people know what they can do with your texts - thanks!)


Baen Free Library
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Introducing the Baen Free Library
by Eric Flint

Baen Books is now making available — for free — a number of its titles in electronic format. We're calling it the Baen Free Library. Anyone who wishes can read these titles online — no conditions, no strings attached. (Later we may ask for  an extremely simple, name & email only, registration. ) Or, if you prefer, you can download the books in one of several formats. Again, with no conditions or strings attached. (URLs to sites which offer the readers for these format are also listed. )

Why are we doing this? Well, for two reasons.

The first is what you might call a "matter of principle." This all started as a byproduct of an online "virtual brawl" I got into with a number of people, some of them professional SF authors, over the issue of online piracy of copyrighted works and what to do about it.

There was a school of thought, which seemed to be picking up steam, that the way to handle the problem was with handcuffs and brass knucks. Enforcement! Regulation! New regulations! Tighter regulations! All out for the campaign against piracy! No quarter! Build more prisons! Harsher sentences!


Blue Letter Bible
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A Bible Quotation/Translation service that inludes 14 different interpretations/translations from the NKJV to the Vulgate (i.e. the people's language (Latin))


E-Books Directory
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E-Books Directory is a daily growing list of freely downloadable ebooks, documents and lecture notes found all over the internet. You can submit and promote your own ebooks, add comments on already posted books or just browse through the directory below and download anything you need.


literature.org
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An Online Library of Literature

Read. Learn. Think.

Welcome to literature.org. This site is here to try to bring real books to people through the Internet.

On this site you will find the full and unabridged texts of classic works of English literature. Fiction from authors like Lewis Carroll, the Bronte sisters (Anne, Charlotte and Emily), Jack London, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens and many others, and classic scientific works from Charles Darwin and Rene Descartes.

More books will be added soon, however as this site is maintained by enthusiasts rather than professional librarians this may be a very slow process. Our sponsor, the people behind the knowledge.com™ directory, is currently working on new technology that will make this updating easier and quicker in the near future.

Please let us know what you think, and what new books you want added. For those who may not be familiar with Copyright law, we are unable to make works available that are not in the public domain. This mean, basically, nothing where the author has not been dead for at least 75 to 90 years.


Many Books
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Free eBooks for your PDA, iPod, or eBook reader.

Browse through the most popular titles, recommendations, or recent reviews from our visitors. Perhaps you'll find something interesting in the special collections. There are 19,351 eBooks available here and they're all free!


The Open Book Project

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The Open Book Project is aimed at the educational community and seeks to encourage and coordinate collaboration among students and teachers for the development of high quality, freely distributable textbooks and educational materials on a wide range of topics. The advent of the Internet and the World Wide Web are making collaboration among educators on a global scale possible for the first time. We want to harness this exciting technology to promote learning and sharing.


Project Gutenberg
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There are over 20,000 free books in the Project Gutenberg Online Book Catalog.

A grand total of over 100,000 titles is available at Project Gutenberg Partners, Affiliates and Resources.


Project Gutenberg - Australia
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Apparently the branches of Project Gutenberg in different countries can have different books not available in the other branches due to varying copyright laws.


Read Print
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A warm welcome to Read Print, your free online library. Our website offers thousands of free books for students, teachers, and the classic enthusiast. To find the book you desire to read, start by looking through the author index. If you need help with something, feel free to drop us a line.


Educational Materials

MIT OpenCourseWare
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Unlocking Knowledge, Empowering Minds.

MIT is committed to advancing education and discovery through knowledge open to everyone.

OCW shares free lecture notes, exams, and other resources from more than 1800 courses spanning MIT's entire curriculum.


OER Commons
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Welcome to a worldwide learning network

OER Commons is a teaching and learning network, from K-12 lesson plans to college courseware, from algebra to zoology, open to everyone to use and add to.

Browse by Categories or Collections. Filter searches by license to find resources you can modify. Join now to save and organize favorites to your own portfolio.

Add tags, ratings, and reviews. See how others are using open learning content and add your experiences.


Wikibooks

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Wikibooks is a Wikimedia community for creating a free library of educational textbooks that anyone can edit. Wikibooks began on July 10, 2003; since then Wikibooks has grown to include over 38,021 pages in a multitude of textbooks created by volunteers like you!


Wikiversity

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Wikiversity is a Wikimedia Foundation project devoted to learning resources, learning projects, and research for use in all levels, types, and styles of education from pre-school to university, including professional training and informal learning. We invite teachers, students, and researchers to join us in creating open educational resources and collaborative learning communities.


Movies

PublicDomainFlicks
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Welcome to PublicDomainFlicks.com Here you can legally download full-length feature films that are in the public domain for free.


Archive
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Welcome to the Archive's Moving Images library of free movies, films, and videos. This library contains thousands of digital movies which range from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to videos of every genre uploaded by Archive users. Most of these movies are available for download.


Music

Archive
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Welcome to the Live Music Archive. etree.org is a community committed to providing the highest quality live concerts in a lossless, downloadable format. The Internet Archive has teamed up with etree.org to preserve and archive as many live concerts as possible for current and future generations to enjoy. All music in this Collection is from trade-friendly artists and is strictly noncommercial, both for access here and for any further distribution. Artists' commercial releases are off-limits. This collection is maintained by the etree.org community.


Archive
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Welcome to the Archive's audio and MP3 library. This library contains over a hundred thousand free digital recordings ranging from alternative news programming, to Grateful Dead concerts, to Old Time Radio shows, to book and poetry readings, to original music uploaded by our users. Many of these audios and MP3s are available for free download.


The Sheet Music Consortium

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The Sheet Music Consortium is a group of libraries working toward the goal of building an open collection of digitized sheet music using the Open Archives Initiative:Protocol for Metadata Harvesting


Free Sheetmusic Library
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Free Sheetmusic Library

All the files are derived from public domain music in editions that are in the public domain. So you may freely copy, print, distribute the files.

To view or print the PDF(Adobe Portable Document Format) files, please use Adobe Acrobat Reader or Ghostscript.

Note: DON'T download more than one file at the same time. DON'T use any multi-thread user agent such as FlashGet, NetAnts. Any such connections may be refused. Thank you.


Other

RadioLovers

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Welcome to RadioLovers.com - Where Old Radio Shows Live Again!

Whether you want to discover the best radio shows from the past or remember what the best adventure, crime, pulp, sci-fi, noir and more! There was a time before the iPods, Video on Demand, 3D, the Internet and online video games; back in the day sitting around the living room radio was a family tradition. Every night, families and their neighbors would come together and listen to radio broadcasts of Sherlock Holmes, Groucho Marx, The Avenger, Gunsmoke, Perry Mason, Superman and more. Radio broadcasts were so much a part of everyday life they could influence mass movements, such as the night Orson Welles told millions about an impending alien invasion... a "War of the Worlds." Re-live those times with the largest online archive of vintage radio shows, available to you for FREE!

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Re: Free and legal Media and Educational materials
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2008, 08:44:01 am »
For the SF fans, Baens free library:

http://www.baen.com/library/defaultTitles.htm
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Re: Free and legal Media and Educational materials
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2008, 07:07:37 pm »
For the SF fans, Baens free library:

http://www.baen.com/library/defaultTitles.htm


 :smackhead: :smackhead: I even knew of that one.:smackhead: :smackhead:

Added to the list. :smackhead: :smackhead:
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Re: Free and legal Media and Educational materials
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2008, 07:47:42 pm »
Nemesis, Good work, and thanks for taking this project up. I owe you once again my Northern friend.


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Re: Free and legal Media and Educational materials
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2008, 09:29:10 pm »
The one thing that surprises me is that no one here thought of it before now, especially given how long the Free Software thread has been going on.  I E-Mailed off the free movie links to a movie nut friend of mine and have been trolling thought Project Gutenberg for old SciFi and it never occurred to me to put together a useful list.  So its about time I got my brain working and put it together.

If we all pool our knowledge of sources like this we all come ahead, no one loses, its an ideal situation.
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Re: Free and legal Media and Educational materials
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2008, 07:03:54 am »
Added the Many Books site suggested by Stephen now that the site is back up.  It seems that they have had a hard drive crash and are rebuilding the site.
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Re: Free and legal Media and Educational materials
« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2008, 09:15:46 am »
A link for downloading some of Project Gutenberg via bit torrent.

Gutenberg:The CD and DVD Project

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    * The August 2003 CD contains 600 of our best Ebooks.
    * The December 2003 DVD contains 9400 of our first 10,000 books.
    * The July 2006 DVD contains over 17,000 books from our first 19,000 titles.
    * The March 2007 Science Fiction Bookshelf CD contains most of our science fiction titles.

All of the books found on the 2003 CD can also be found on both DVDs and most of the files on the December 2003 DVD can be found on the July 2006 DVD. There are very few images on the discs, and no audio books.

If these compilations are not to your liking, you can create your own CD or DVD image containing only the books you want.
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Re: Free and legal Media and Educational materials
« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2008, 04:53:51 am »
Not totally free images but free for non commercial use.

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FreeFoto.com is the largest collection of free photographs on the Internet (link back and attribution required). See FREE USE RULES.

The comprehensive, yet easy to navigate site, offers images that are free for on-line use, with higher quality versions available for sale.

Also non-commercial users may download our web size images to use off-line in school projects, church services, cards, leaflets, etc. Basically if your off-line use is not commercial you can download our web size images for free.

FreeFoto.com features exclusive images found nowhere else on the web with new pictures being added every week.

Prices start from just $30US for the A7 72dpi versions with A5, A4 and A3 high res 300 dpi versions also available.


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Re: Free and legal Media and Educational materials
« Reply #9 on: July 06, 2008, 08:18:25 pm »
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Re: Free and legal Media and Educational materials
« Reply #10 on: July 21, 2008, 04:53:36 pm »
For those who like music...

Choral Public Domain Library   www.cpdl.org 

Library of Congress-Music for the Nation:  American Sheet Music  http://memory.loc.gov 

Wicker Icking Music Archive  http://icking-music-archive.org

Hymns of Martin Luther - The Online Library of Liberty  http://oll.libertyfund.org 

Free Christmas Carol Music  www.christmascarolmusic.org  and  http://christmassongbook.net 


Have fun,

Mike
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it hasn't, it isn't, it even ain't, and it shouldn't
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My chops were not as fast...[but] I just leaned more on what was in my mind than what was in my chops.  I learned a long time ago that one note can go a long way if it's the right one, and it will probably whip the guy with twenty notes.
 --Les Paul

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Re: Free and legal Media and Educational materials
« Reply #11 on: October 21, 2008, 07:20:19 am »
Added Project Gutenberg - Australia  to the list courtesy of Stephen.
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Re: Free and legal Media and Educational materials
« Reply #12 on: November 20, 2008, 08:39:12 am »
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Re: Free and legal Media and Educational materials
« Reply #13 on: January 16, 2009, 04:23:25 pm »
One I came accross today, the National Institute for Standards and Technology..Gawd have they got a bunch of stuff, enough to bring the geek out of anyone, at least long enough to put down their Dr. Pepper and Cheetos...

   http://www.nist.gov/   

And those into computer security, go to publications and follow the directions to the 800 series..

There is just about anything for everyone.

Mike
Summum ius summa iniuria.

The more law, the less justice.

Cicero, De Officiis, I, 33

"It doesn't, and you can't, I won't, and it don't
it hasn't, it isn't, it even ain't, and it shouldn't
it couldn't"
FZ, 1974

My chops were not as fast...[but] I just leaned more on what was in my mind than what was in my chops.  I learned a long time ago that one note can go a long way if it's the right one, and it will probably whip the guy with twenty notes.
 --Les Paul

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Re: Free and legal Media and Educational materials
« Reply #14 on: January 31, 2009, 07:35:55 pm »
Just added Read Print courtesy of Stephen.
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« Reply #15 on: February 03, 2009, 09:14:00 pm »
Didn't see this one listed, so I'll post it..if it's a duplicate, erase it..but the entire site looks interesting to explore..and I like Dickens

  http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/d/dickens/charles/   

Mike
Summum ius summa iniuria.

The more law, the less justice.

Cicero, De Officiis, I, 33

"It doesn't, and you can't, I won't, and it don't
it hasn't, it isn't, it even ain't, and it shouldn't
it couldn't"
FZ, 1974

My chops were not as fast...[but] I just leaned more on what was in my mind than what was in my chops.  I learned a long time ago that one note can go a long way if it's the right one, and it will probably whip the guy with twenty notes.
 --Les Paul

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Re: Free and legal Media and Educational materials
« Reply #16 on: June 25, 2009, 07:03:33 am »
E-Books Directory

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E-Books Directory is a daily growing list of freely downloadable ebooks, documents and lecture notes found all over the internet. You can submit and promote your own ebooks, add comments on already posted books or just browse through the directory below and download anything you need.
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Re: Free and legal Media and Educational materials
« Reply #17 on: August 09, 2009, 12:39:58 pm »
Wikibooks

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Re: Free and legal Media and Educational materials
« Reply #18 on: September 12, 2009, 08:49:13 am »
Found a new music site from Duke University..

 http://library.duke.edu/music/sheetmusic/collections.html 

Great stuff out there

Mike
Summum ius summa iniuria.

The more law, the less justice.

Cicero, De Officiis, I, 33

"It doesn't, and you can't, I won't, and it don't
it hasn't, it isn't, it even ain't, and it shouldn't
it couldn't"
FZ, 1974

My chops were not as fast...[but] I just leaned more on what was in my mind than what was in my chops.  I learned a long time ago that one note can go a long way if it's the right one, and it will probably whip the guy with twenty notes.
 --Les Paul

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Re: Free and legal Media and Educational materials
« Reply #19 on: October 02, 2009, 10:45:28 am »
The Open Book Project

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The Open Book Project is aimed at the educational community and seeks to encourage and coordinate collaboration among students and teachers for the development of high quality, freely distributable textbooks and educational materials on a wide range of topics. The advent of the Internet and the World Wide Web are making collaboration among educators on a global scale possible for the first time. We want to harness this exciting technology to promote learning and sharing.
Do unto others as Frey has done unto you.
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I believe truth and principle do matter. If you have to sacrifice them to get the results you want, then the results aren't worth it.
 FoaS_XC : "Take great pains to distinguish a criticism vs. an attack. A person reading a post should never be able to confuse the two."