Public domain, copyright-free images of John Wayne are accessible through Wikimedia Commons. As of 2015, several films starring John Wayne have become public domain in the United States, such as the 1947 Western "Angel and the Badman."
Many films starring John Wayne became public domain due to copyright holders not renewing their claims on the films. For example, "McLintock!" film footage was released as public domain due to a 1994 verdict in the legal case Batjac Productions, Inc. vs. GoodTimes Home Video Corp. This outcome stemmed from Batjac Productions failing to renew its copyright for the movie in 1991. "McLintock!" includes significant portions of footage featuring John Wayne. Public domain stills of John Wayne from this film are available on Wikimedia Commons.