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Copyright Simplified for Students and Teachers   Tags: copyright, copyright_simplified, copyright_students, copyright_teachers  

This guide will give students and teachers copyright information and guidelines for research and Internet publication.
Last Updated: Feb 27, 2013 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

Music Print Page

Royalty Free Sound Resources

  • Covera
    Can broadcast if you credit the source.
  • FindSounds
    Search the Web for free sound effects and musical instrument samples.
  • Freeplay Music
    Free music and sound effects.
  • FREE Sound Effects
    A listing of sound effects for video productions.
  • Free Sound Effects
    Use sound effects free of charge in your video, film, audio and multimedia productions.
  • Freesound Project
    A collaborative database of Creative Commons licensed sounds.
  • Incompetech
    Royalty-free music.
  • Partners in Rhyme
    Select Free Sounds & Video from left menu. Can broadcast if you credit the source.
  • Sound Effects Library
    Free sound effects and also links to licensed providers.
  • Soundszabound
    Select Free Music. Must register by entering an email and password. Can broadcast if you credit the source.


Yes, downloading and sharing music files online is against the law.  Using peer to peer sharing sites such as Limewire to acquire copyrighted music is illegal - even if "everyone" is doing it.

However, music can be used for educational reasons in multimedia projects.  Although, as with images, photos, and videos, there are some guidelines in order to protect copyrights:

  • Copies of excerpts may be made if less than 10% of the whole work is used and if it is not a performable unit
  • Printed music that has been purchased may be edited or simplified if the fundamental character of their work is not distorted or the lyrics altered or added if none exist
  • A single copy of an entire performable unit can be made if it is out of print or unavailable except in a larger work - it can't be used for performance
  • You can't copy to avoid purchase!

For more information:

Illegal Downloads:  When Sharing Becomes Stealing

Campus Downloading, Protect Yourself, Do It Legally


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