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Royalty Free Music

October 26, 2011

Hi all,

I know many of you are busy making your films.  I thought it may be nice to point out some sites for royalty free music.  You can insert music from these sites as you see fit and be in copyright compliance.  First one is freemusicarchive.org  Another one you may want to check out is Purple Planet.  Both of these site offer excellent music to choose from to embed in your films–all without having to worry about copyright violations.  This is something that I need to consider on a daily basis as a film/music librarian, which is why I share it with you.  Hope you can use them!

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. renemartini permalink
    October 26, 2011 10:48 pm

    Thx!! I wanted to add a subtle background sound but do we need to source them if they are royalty free music?

    • October 27, 2011 8:33 am

      Crediting the source on materials in the public domain is not technically necessary, but it is my opinion that it is potentially helpful to other viewers and is a courtesy that should be given. Material in the “creative commons” often request that credit is given. There is a difference between public domain material and creative commons material, the main one is the their is still a copyright on material in the “commons” that a user has opted to relinquish certain rights on versus material in the public domain which has no copyright protection.

  2. October 27, 2011 9:10 am

    This is pretty cool–I like the genre categories on Purple Planet. Have both sites bookmarked now!

    • October 27, 2011 5:22 pm

      Thank you for sharing this – what a great resource! I really like being able to preview the music before downloading.

  3. October 27, 2011 10:28 pm

    What a resource! And so cool that WFMU is a major participant. I listen to their podcasts daily and already found some great royalty free music to incorporate in my story…if it works…hopefully.

  4. October 28, 2011 11:48 pm

    that’s awesome! its always hard to know what music you can use and how much of it you can use when making videos. This seems like it would have been a great addition to cover up my voice in the video for digital storytelling

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