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[OT] Free Music for a video ?!?

DanielD [PersonRank 0]

Sunday, August 2, 2009
11 years ago3,335 views

Hi there,

perhaps you can help me here. I'm want to edit a personal video and put it on youtube. I also want to put music in the video. My question now is: What kind of music is legal to put in there ? (and is for free). I searched for creative commons audio, but even they want a fee so that i can use it for a non-commercial purpose (iirc). Or is it legal to put any music in the video ? E.g. one of the latest youtube-hits had charts-music in it:

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KMB [PersonRank 7]

11 years ago #

On Youtube.com there is a link top right called "Help". Never used it?
youtube.com/audioswap_main

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Some sites that offer free music for personal use:

jamendo.com/en/
ccmixter.org/
pianosociety.com
goingware.com/tips/legal-downl ...

Roger Browne [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

"Where can I find free legal music to put on YouTube videos?"
quezi.com/1432

Cookie Lee [PersonRank 9]

11 years ago #

google.cn/music
You can find many pieces there. Unfortunately, this is only available to Chinese currently so you'll need a proxy in China.

DPic [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

[put at-character here]Ionut [Up] blogoscoped.com/forum/158318.h ...

Thanks! I was going to post Jamendo too!

[put at-character here]OP (DanielD)
<<I searched for creative commons audio, but even they want a fee so that i can use it for a non-commercial purpose (iirc). >>

Creative commons is actually a series of licenses. Only ones that specify NC (Non Commercial) restrict you from such use. Jamendo uses all creative commons music

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Just because something uses a Creative Commons license, it doesn't mean it's offered free of charge.

<< Can I still make money from a work I make available under a Creative Commons licenses?

Absolutely. Firstly, because our licenses are non-exclusive which means you are not tied down to only make a piece of your content available under a Creative Commons license; you can also enter into other revenue-generating licenses in relation to your work. One of our central goals is to encourage people to experiment with new ways to promote and market their work.

Secondly, the noncommercial license option is an inventive tool designed to allow people to maximize the distribution of their works while keeping control of the commercial aspects of their copyright. To make one thing clear that is sometimes misunderstood: the "noncommercial use" condition applies only to others who use your work, not to you (the licensor). So if you choose to license your work under a Creative Commons license that includes the “noncommercial use” option, you impose the ”noncommercial” condition on the users (licensees). However, you, the creator of the work and/or licensor, may at any time decide to use it commercially. People who want to copy or adapt your work, "primarily for monetary compensation or financial gain" must get your separate permission first. >>

wiki.creativecommons.org/FAQ#C ...

Roger Browne [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

> Just because something uses a Creative Commons
> license, it doesn't mean it's offered free of charge.

That's simply not true. Every CC license is offering a license to use the work free of charge.

But the range of permissions being licensed varies according to which CC license is used (as DPic said). If you want to go beyond what is being allowed for free, you can choose to negotiate a non-CC license with the rights owner.

If you want to keep it simple, restrict your search to the Creative Commons Attribution license (CC-BY). This allows you to use the work, change the work, and redistribute the work – even to make money from it – and without paying anything. All you need to do is to credit the creator (for most purposes a name and a link is all that is needed).

Obviously, restricting your selection to CC-BY reduces the music you can choose from, but there's still plenty available.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

I remember having used YouTube's official audio swap feature for one of my videos. Then, after a while, YouTube informed me they had removed that audio track from my video... apparently due to some concerns the artist or company or whatever had with that type of music usage.

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

<< Every CC license is offering a license to use the work free of charge. >>

The license restricts the way you can use a work, but that doesn't mean the author can't charge a one-time fee for the work (e.g.: pragmazic.net/Dakat_D-material ...). You should read the excerpt from the CC FAQ I linked above.

Roger Browne [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

> The license restricts the way you can use a work, but that
> doesn't mean the author can't charge a one-time fee for the
> work

Exactly! If you want more than the CC license allows, the creator may charge a fee for a more permissive license. But the CC license is ALWAYS free.

The creator may charge a fee for you to download their CC-licensed work (but in that case it's ALWAYS legal to download it for free from anyone else who has it, under the same CC license).

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

You could use CC+ (CC-plus-another-license) to combine licenses, including requiring fees.
We used CC+ at Sketchory to allow 5000 commercial shares, additional to the unlimited non-commercial shares of sketches: sketchory.com/share/commercial

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