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For professional purposes, every piece of borrowed content, regardless of format, should be acknowledged with attribution or citation, so people can re-search for the original. This includes images, music, art, text, etc., … and even your own previously p

"Royalty-Free" DOES NOT MEAN "Copyright Free"

A piece of music or sound is protected under copyright as soon as it is captured in tangible format.

That copyrighted content can be used by the creator or licensed to others for their use.

Royalties are paid to the license owner each time the content is used.

If something is "royalty free", there may still be a one-time fee or subscription fee for use.

Several sites offer music published under Creative Commons’ flexible copyright licenses.

"Almost — you need to make sure that what you want to do with the music is OK under the terms of the particular Creative Commons license it’s under.

CC-licensed music isn’t free for all uses, only some — so make sure to check out the terms (you can find these by clicking on each song’s license icon)."

"Under CC licenses, synching the music to images amounts to transforming the music, so you can’t legally use a song under a CC No Derivative Works license in your video. Also, make sure to properly credit the musician and the track, as well as express the CC license the track is under."

Free (with conditions) Music OR Sound Effects

If it is on the Internet, it is free to use, right?

Not exactly.  Just because content is on the Internet does not mean it is free to be used in any situation. All original content, regardless of access, may have copyright protection, even if it is not declared.

When in doubt, treat everything as under copyright, until proven otherwise.

Music Discovery Tools (Browsers) : Check what conditions apply to content you use.

Browsers only find music or sounds; they cannot grant or deny permission for use.

What do I need to do to legally use content?

  • It depends on what you want use, and what you want to do
  • Always check what copyright and royalty conditions apply to the tunes you want to use.
  • When in doubt, link-to-URL-only

A piece of music or sound is protected under copyright as soon as it is captured in tangible format.

That copyrighted content can be used by the creator or licensed to others for their use.

Royalties are paid to the license owner each time the content is used.

If something is royalty free, there may still be a one-time fee for use, or subscription fee for use.

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