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Avoid Copyright Infringement With CC Licensed Music

Using copyrighted music in videos can get you in legal trouble. You may think, because you are using the music for an educational or non-commercial purpose, that you are not violating the copyright of a piece of music licensed as "All Rights Reserved," but you probably are.Creative Commons Logo

You can simplify the tangled web of copyright infringement by using music (and other works) licensed as "Some Rights Reserved" under a Creative Commons license. Creative Commons licenses allow creators to be clear about how their works can be used without permission.

If you are looking for music to add to a video, you can find royalty-free, Creative-Commons licensed music in a number of places.

I like to use Jamendo.

Most of the tracks on Jamendo can be used however you would like as long as you include attribution of the song and artist, use it non-commercially and share whatever you create with the music under a Creative-Commons license.

Other sources for royalty-free, Creative-Commons licensed music are ccMixter, and the Internet Archive.

It's a little easier to search for and find music on Jamendo than on the two sites mentioned above, but all three are great resources.

If you have questions about these services or about Creative Commons licensing, please let me know.

Bob Bertsch, 701-231-7381

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