Royalty Free Music

Some royalty-free libraries will offer a track for multiple-projects.

That can sound tempting, but you need to make sure it will be perpetual (forever) and for use beyond festivals, including television broadcast.

For my filmmaker friends:
I am a composer (and film producer).

There is some rather confusing information out there about “royalty-free” music, especially from music libraries.

First of all, all music you license is “royalty-free.” Filmmakers and production companies never pay royalties. Those are paid by networks (NBC, HBO, etc.). You can use a track directly from any composer or songwriter and it will also be “royalty-free.”

All About Library Music: Part 1Some royalty-free libraries will offer a track for multiple-projects.

That can sound tempting, but you need to make sure it will be perpetual (forever) and for use beyond festivals, including television broadcast.

The contracts from these companies may be written heavily in favor of the library.

 A filmmaker needs a good contract that clears all rights for any use in the future. Personally, I do know that some track stealing can happen in bottom-feeder libraries.

I would hate to see a filmmaker invest time and effort into putting a track against picture, and then have it have a copyright issue later.

That can really screw up E&O insurance, which can require involved clearances.

The Free Music Archive Launches - Creative Commons

Free Music Archive gives permission for general use of their work by attaching licenses to their songs. A license is an agreement that prescribes the terms under which a copyrighted work may be used. Just about everything in the Free Music Archive is currently protected under copyright. Many of the licenses that cover works on the Free Music Archive are Creative Commons (or “CC”) licenses, which act as an addendum to copyright, not as an exception to it. The majority of FMA artists use CC licenses as a kind of shorthand to explain the permission they want to give. 

Attribution” tracks require the user to give attribution, or credit, in exchange for using the song. Proper attribution in a video includes giving the name of the Artist, Title, Source (freemusicarchive.org) and the License (CC BY). Proper attribution in a video requires that this credit appears in the video as well as in any written blurb that accompanies the work. Most works bear the Attribution mark, so please give credit where it’s due.

Non-Commercial” tracks are not licensed for use in commercial endeavors, including videos, without express written permission from the artist. Commercial uses include fundraising videos, such as Kickstarter videos and non-profit fundraising pitches, because they are intended to result in commercial gain. To get permission to use a non-commercially licensed track for commercial purposes, please contact the artist for more information or to get a different license.

No Derivatives” tracks are not licensed for use in videos without express written permission from the artist, because syncing a track to visual media is considered making a “Derivative Work” or adaptation. For more on what is and isn’t a derivative work, see the Creative Commons FAQ, “Does my use constitute a derivative work or an adaptation?” or read this page for a legal definition.

Share Alike” tracks require the user to license their own derivative work (such as a video) with the identical license, to keep the CC license intact. To get permission to use a song without adhering to the Share-Alike terms, please contact the artist for more information or to get a different license.

Combination licenses include all terms, so if something is CC BY-NC-ND, it requires attribution, may not be used for commercial purposes, and may not be used in video or other derivative works.

Public Domain tracks, marked with a “PD” public domain mark and “CC0” are, as far as we know, free from copyright restrictions, but they may be subject to local statutes and other restrictions.

FYI; while we are talking about free music, here is a link for free stock photos located on the Federations Funding & Grant links!Man Holding Clapper Board

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FYI; while we are talking about free music, here is a link for free sound effects located on the Federations Funding & Grant links!

Free Special Effects

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