Free Music Directory
A free resource for finding legal, podsafe music
Target audience: Cause organizations, nonprofits, NGOs, journalists, general public
Where can you find podsafe music or audio snippets to include in your own work?
Under U.S. law, podcasters may not use copyrighted music in their podcasts or videoblogs (except for music permitted under fair use and except for music licensed by ASCAP, BMI, SESAC (PDF) or other licensing groups).
Here are some places where you can find music or other sounds that are always safe to include in your podcast, Webcast or blog:
Archives and repositories
Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project is a digital collection of more than 6,000 cylinder recordings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These recordings can be freely downloaded or streamed online and are available in mp3 and wav formats. The wav files are unedited transfers of the original cylinders and have not been restored to remove clicks and other surface noise. They are not protected by copyright and can be used for either noncommercial or for-profit use. The mp3 files are restored versions currently licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial License. (Department of Special Collections; Donald C. Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara)
BitTorrent and P2P file sharing
Catalogs and collections
Collaborating, remixing and sampling
Distribution platforms and licensed content
Documentaries, movies, video clips
Podcasts and feeds
• The Creative Commons Podcast Tools page provides links to podcasting legal guides, practical advice and other information for podcasters.
• Wikipedia has an entry on the origins of podsafe music.
UK-based David Holmes, a former sound engineer and indie studio/label manager who blogs at Dave’s Imaginary Sound Space, contributed to this directory.
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