I was wondering if anyone knew of any places where I can download free and non copyrighted music. By music I mean short songs from 10 secconds to 2 minutes (I have all the sound effects I need). Thanks!
Dave, so many other threads for this... Have some links.
Some free here but some are paid:http://www.a-scores.com
you need to understand by what is meant by free from the viewpoint of the copyright holder. it can be different between different parties. for example I bought a very large library in one shot that wasn't cheap but i have a lifetime use for any all the tracks so it is royalty free. this is not in every case depending on the sellers involved
keep you eyes peeled for specials i have picked up a few very very good deals over the years. https://www.freestockmusic.com/license-agreement/
To expand on what rorycooper writes, and also to do a technical correction, Free doesn't mean non-copyrighted. A copyright holder might choose to give away something for free with zero royalties, BUT can still own the copyright, which, in this case, means the owner has protection if someone else is SELLING that music.
Also note that sometimes there is miscommunication in the industry. A musician might allow song A to sell on site B as royalty free while still maintaining commercial rights. This happened to me recently, where the royalty-free music I purchased from Audioblocks still triggered a copyright warning on YouTube. In this case Audioblocks was able to contact Youtube and say "this artist has already been paid." But it can happen.
Hell, if I uploaded a video using my own former band's music I'd get the copyright warning, then have to go through Youtube to prove that I am the copyright holder of my own music. However, since the album is distributed on CDBaby, CDBaby will flag that stuff...
This has happened to me. I posted a music video for my own song on YouTube, and since it's distributed through CDBaby, I was hit with a copyright notice. I had to contact YouTube and tell them it was my song.
Anyway, I recently did some delving into YouTube's audio library for my latest animated feature and was pretty impressed by what I found. You should start there, at the very least... especially if you're going to put your stuff up on the YouTubes anyway. Each track has the relevant/required crediting/copyright notice(s) right in the track description, so you know exactly what you're getting into.
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