While working in our own audiovisual projects, whether personal or commercial, we must ensure that the music we’re using it’s licensed.
Using music without paying the corresponding license or without attributing to its author (with for example Creative Commons licenses) can lead to seeing:
- Our video blocked or deleted automatically from Youtube or other social media.
- Financial fines by the PRO’s (Performance Rights Organizations) or labels.
- Serious legal problems if you have used them in advertising or commercial products such as video games or audiobooks.
- Envato Elements: Along with the previous platform, the best option if you want quality music to use in commercial projects of all kinds or to be able to monetize your videos on Youtube. You will have the security of not infringing any copyright and the peace of mind of knowing that you can make derivative works.
- Youtube Audio Library: Youtube has a huge library of music without copyrights to use in any project. You can easily classify it by genre to find all kinds of electronic music. When you download one, take a closer look to see if the song is licensed under Creative Commons (a little doll within around will appear to indicate this) because then you will have to attribute the creator of the song, that is, put a phrase saying that the music is theirs.
- Free Music Archive (FMA) is perhaps the biggest free music website in the entire Internet. Download a song or dance electronic music is as easy as listening to it and press the download button. Be careful, because most are licensed under Creative Commons and you have to read the terms before using them.
- Incompetech: On this website, we don’t find much electronic music and others, but is a good place to take a look if we didn’t find what we’ve been searching for yet. Before you download anything, be sure to read the different types of licenses.
- Audionautix: It has a few songs, but good quality, however. It is a site that offers 100% free music with attribution. That is, you need to say that the music is created by some author or put a link to it. Totally free.
Finally, be careful with those search engines, people or websites offering free royalty-free music without saying where does it come from!
Some of them directly take links from other sites and do not provide us with the necessary information about the licenses under which those songs operate.
Bookmark this page on your computer to always have all the marketplaces well classified.
You can learn more about free music (how and when to use it, what licenses exist…) by visiting our copyright-free music page.