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    New question here. Sources for free, public domain / non-copyright / roylaty-free music?

    Let's face it, the whole copyright thing is pretty confusing and damn annoying to deal with. You make some silly little video that about 100 people are going to look at and drop a bit of music in it (that you probably paid for via a CD or iTunes) and you still are made to feel like a freaking unpatriotic serial killer robbing an orphanage by the music industry lawyers.

    Has anyone found a website that acts as a clearinghouse that meets the following general criteria:

    • Free
    • Tracks by starving artists who just want to get their stuff played (with attribution)
    • Sports-worthy soundtracks like fast alternative, rock, bagpipe punk, whatever
    • Decent previewing ability (Quicktime player MP3 tracks) that play on the site and don't require downloading the whole song
    • Possibly includes a rating system by users to pre-filter the tracks somehow by popularity
    • Has more than a hundred tracks per genre


    I realize this is a tall order to fill, but this is the interwebs and every other fetish seems to get satisfied, so why not try?

    Anyone?

    TIA
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    Closest to what you want is My space music.

    Little more work and no guaranteed preview, Can also find bands via web and then ask em.

    Not free but has lots more options

    Jamendo
    http://www.jamendo.com/en/

    not free but very affordable
    http://www.istockphoto.com/index.php

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    Yeah myspace music is pretty good. But as far as I know, youtube is the only site that makes an issue out of copyrighted tunes.

    What are you running into?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tscheezy
    you still are made to feel like a freaking unpatriotic serial killer robbing an orphanage

    Ah yes, been there / done that.

    You must be talking about YouTube? I've had music ripped from my videos more than once. It would be (in my mind anyway) something if I were making money off of my silly little Mtn. bike videos, or if I were defaming the song or artist, but come on.

    There are a few sources, work some Google magic and you will find.

    Oh, I am no longer a YouTube user.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kidwoo
    What are you running into?
    We are having a local outdoorsy film festival this spring in town and the organizers are wringing their hands over possible copyright infringement issues because it is a fund raiser for a trail building advocacy group. They are worried that if they show short films submitted by private individuals that contain copyrighted material, and it is in a fund-raising situation, that they could be seen as profiting for someone else's work however indirectly (or at least be culpable if they don't ensure all submissions are copyright-infringement free). If I could suggest a "safe" source of music for videos, it may help a little.

    Hard to imagine the recording industry lawyers being such complete ***** as to make folks worry about such piddling stuff. Wait, on second thought, it's easy to imagine.

    After a lot of googling, I did find this: http://www.fingertipsmusic.com/master_artist_list.htm

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    What on earth was that spam buried here for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tscheezy
    What on earth was that spam buried here for?

    I feel honored.
    STRAVA: Enabling dorks everywhere to get trails shut down........ all for the sake of a race on the internet.

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    Torrent sites are good if your ISP allows them. Great quality (non -mp3)
    bt.etree, dime a dozen, trader's den, archive.org, zomb are some good ones

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    Archive.org's audio section has a ton of music that is licensed under creative commons, so as long as it isn't for commercial use there should be no worries at all. For your case, I'd have to read the cc license closely but I wouldn't think that a fundraiser for a nonprofit qualifies as commercial use.

    Also, there are public domain tracks available.

    http://www.archive.org/details/audio

    Here's the link for the different creative commons licenses and how they can be used.
    http://creativecommons.org/about/lic...t-the-licenses
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