Downloading Music From Websites
Sites that use a Creative Commons license or a Free Art License; offer free downloads and distribution, making it legal to copy and share, as well as to modify and make commercial use of for some, depending on the license. Though whatever you use, you must still credit them to the artist from which you took it. Even with a creative commons license, there may still be some stipulations on how you can use their work, so you must still look over their license before you attempt to download anything.
Always, first check out their license, which can be found on any website or usually as a link on the bottom of the webpage. If you are unsure about their license or can not find any information, contact the sites administrator or creator. You can find their information on their contact page. When you do speak to an administrator or creator for the use of their music for a project, let them know that it would be for “Non-Commercial Use”, which means you will just be using it for a student film, that may also be shown in film festivals and competitions, but will not be used to sell and make money off of.
Though in some circumstances when your film does get accepted into a festival or competition, and they want to use your film for promotional purposes, such as in their marketing, then we will re-evaluate your non-commercial license and possibly change it into a commercial license.
Music in the Public Domain are referred to as “public property”, meaning it is available for anyone to use for any purpose.
Free Music Sources With Creative Commons License:
- Opsound (http://opsound.org/ ) Great place to download and share music. Everything is open to the public, to use and reuse and or remix
- Krayola Records (http://www.lecridelaharpe.com/krayola/)
- Dogmazic (http://www.dogmazic.net/index.php?op=edito) Offers downloadable music, mp3’s from all over the world and many different genres.
- Jamendo (http://www.jamendo.com/en/)
- Magnatune (https://magnatune.com/)
- 8bitpeoples (http://www.8bitpeoples.com/)
- Epitaph Records (http://www.epitaph.com/)
- FREE!MUSIC (http://freemusic.org.ru/)
Other sites that offer royalty free music and usage:
- FilmtvTRACKS (http://www.royaltyfreemusicmp3.com/)
- Freeplay music (http://freeplaymusic.com/index.php)