Commons

Various resources of Creative Commons and Public Domain media.

Archive. org
A huge resource of different media, released under a range of licenses.
Archive.org

Public Domain Review
A very useful site with links to sources of public domain media.
PublicDomainReview.org

Wikimedia Commons
Another huge resource of media released under various licenses.
Commons.Wikimedia.Org

Project Gutenberg
A whole bunch o’ free eBooks. A very large archive of classic literature in a number of digital formats including HTML, ePub and Kindle.
Gutenberg.org
Project Gutenberg also has a self-publishing portal, so you can add you own books.
self.gutenberg.org

UK Copyright Service
Information about copyright law in the UK, including a very useful fact sheet.
http://www.copyrightservice.co.uk/copyright/p01_uk_copyright_law

Creative Commons
Details about exactly what you can and cannot do under the various flavours of Creative Commons licenses.
creativecommons.org

US Government
There may be exceptions that I am not aware of, but US Government documents are published without copyright, and these include the CIA World Factbook and everything published by NASA.

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