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Copyright Information: Music & Video Resources

The websites below provide access to materials that are either in the public domain, have Creative Commons licenses, or are licensed for educational (non-commercial) use.
Please check back frequently for new additions!
Please note that it is the user's responsiblity to abide by any terms of use stated on these websites or terms of any license agreement.

Music & Sound

Videos


 

Music & Sound

 

Source

What is it?

Special Considerations

 

American Memory

American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. 

Please see the Library of Congress Legal Page for more info.

 

ccMixter

An online collection of Creative Commons licensed music.

Please see their Terms of Use.

 

Free Music Archive

An online library of audio and video content that the public, including music fans, webcasters, and podcasters, may listen to, download, or stream for free.

Please see their Terms of Use.

 

Freesound

A collaborative database of Creative Commons Licensed audio snippets, samples, recordings, bleeps and sounds.

Please see their Terms of Use.

 

HathiTrust

A digital library that contains over 3,000,000 volumes of Public Domain works - use the "full view" limiter to access the Public Domain works.

Please see their Copyright Page.

 

International Music Score Library

An online database of musical scores and recordings.  All content is in the Public Domain in Canada or the US.  The site includes a "copyright made simple" page that contributors must read before adding content to the portal.

Please see their Policy Page.

 

Internet Archive Sound

This library contains recordings ranging from alternative news programming, to Grateful Dead concerts, to Old Time Radio shows, to book and poetry readings, to original music uploaded by our users. Many of these audios and MP3s are available for free download.

Please see their Terms of Service here.

 

Jamendo

Contains music licensed under Creative Commons

Please see their Terms and Conditions.

 

Juneberry 78s Early American Roots Music

Provides mp3s for a wide variety of Vintage Roots Music.

Please see their Public Domain Disclaimer.

 

Musopen - Free Public Domain Classical Music

An online music library of public domain music.

 Please see their Terms of Use.

 

Opsound

Free music. Download, share, remix.

Please see their License.

 

Partners in Rhyme

Royalty-free music tracks, collections, and sound effects.

n/a

 

Petrucci Music Library

A wiki-based repository of musical scores available in the public domain.

Please see their Policy Page.

 

Royalty Free Music

Music files, organized by category, that are free to  download.

 Please see their page on music licensing page.  

 

Sound Transit

Field recordings and phonography from around the world. Free to share and reuse.

Please see their License.

 

Vimeo Music Store

Contains music licensed to use in your videos, including free Creative Commons tracks.

Please see their Terms of Use.

 

Wikimedia Commons (Sounds)

A repository of public domain and freely licensed sounds (also contains images and videos).

Please see their Terms of Use.

 

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Videos

 

Source

What is it?

Special Considerations

American Memory

American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. 

Please see the Library of Congress Legal Page for more info.

Creative Commons Search

Lists and searches websites providing images, music, video, and text that use Creative Commons licensing.

Please see their Terms of Use.

CC Wiki Films

Listing of Creative Commons licensed films. Includes documentaries and features.

Please see their Terms of Use.

Data Hub

Maintains a list of links to collections of materials which are in the Public Domain or which have significant portions of their collections in the Public Domain.

Please see their Terms of Use.

Engage Media

Video sharing site focused on social justice issues in the Asia-Pacific area.

Unless otherwise noted, all videos are licensed CC BY 3.0 AU.

Film Chest

(at Internet Archive)

Watch classic animated cartoons from the 1930’s and 1940’s. Its public domain content may be used for any purpose, including commercial use such as broadcasting on television, or as footage in film or video projects.

Please see their Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Copyright Policy.

Flickr

Users can choose to limit the searches to Creative Commons licensed images and videos.

Please see their Terms of Service.

HathiTrust

A digital library that contains over 3,000,000 volumes of Public Domain works - use the "full view" limiter to access the Public Domain works.

Please see their Copyright Page.

Internet Archive Videos

This library contains digital movies uploaded by Archive users which range from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to cartoons and concerts. Many of these videos are available for free download.

Please see their Terms of Use.

Prelinger Archives at the Internet Archive

A collection of ephemeral films.

These films are licensed under a Creative Commons Public Domain license, and may be freely downloaded, used or reproduced, in whole or in part.

Ted Talks

1,900+ Ted Talk videos that can be freely shared for non-commercial purposes. A variety of languages and topics available.

Licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 3.0.

Vimeo Creative Commons Videos

Hundreds of thousands of CC-licensed videos on Vimeo.

Check each license to see what time of CC license has been applied.

Wikimedia Commons

Videos

A repository of public domain and freely licensed images and videos.

Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply.

Please see their Terms of Use.

YouTube

(Advanced Search)

After logging on, users can search for videos tagged with the Creative Commons Attribution license in the Video Editor.  These videos are available to edit, remix, or modify.  Remember to see which CC license was used! The guide "How to find Creative Commons Material using YouTube" explains the process.

Please see their Copyright page.

 

 

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Licensing Information

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Attribution

Content on this page has been copied and adapted from the "Copyright at UBC" website, created by the University of British Columbia under a CC BY 4.0 International License.

Have a copyright question?

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