Creative Commons is “a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.” The idea here is to license your work – say, a brochure produced by a committee, or a piece of original music – using conditions that you choose. So maybe you want it to be available to other churches and nonprofit organizations – but not replicated on the web or sold by some company. The site also has a list of recommendations for open resources
CreationSwap is a library of royalty-free imagery that you can use in your church publications. It’s definitely a step up from Clip Art, and you don’t have to worry about copyright infringement.
Christian Copyright Solutions provides different performance and publication licensing for churches – but also some free resources, including some great videos about what can be copyrighted and what licensing churches need for their communications and performances.
I’ve waxed poetic about the United Methodist Communications site for years. It’s a truly top-notch collection of resources, plans, advertising tips, social media guidelines – all for free. They recently put together a fantastic roundup of “Coll Tools to Make Your Own Infographics.” Infographics are graphic depictions of a set of data, and they can be super-effective at grabbing attention, or at making dull information a bit more lively. In this article, you’ll learn about some really cool tools and products – some of them free – that don’t require you to have a graphic design degree to put together some really cool visual elements for your publications and online communications. This is a fantastic find!
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–Emily Cherry, Communications Officer