Royalty Free Music and Public Domain Music
Music is one of the most enjoyable things in life, and in movies, some of the most memorable scenes are made even more memorable through the songs that accompany them. It is almost a cliché in the movie industry how Martin Scorsese takes every opportunity to showcase his love of the song “Gimme Shelter” by the Rolling Stones in his films, and who can blame him? It’s such a great song. And who can forget the theme song to Titanic? In the 80s, soundtrack music frequently topped the charts. Against All Odds was a forgettable movie, but its theme song by Phil Collins continues to be sung in karaoke bars by people who were not even born when the film came out.
These days, making videos is easier and less expensive than ever. All you need is a reasonably intelligent mobile phone, and you can make a video that gets viewed millions of times on YouTube. You have so many great ideas about how your favorite songs could enhance your videos, but unlike the big movie studios, you do not have the budget to pay the licensing fees to include copyrighted music in your videos. Fortunately, there is plenty of free music that is in the public domain. (Did you ever think about the fact that almost all ice cream trucks play “Turkey in the Straw” because no one owns the copyright to it?) If you are looking for some appropriate soundtrack music for your videos, whether you are making your video for a school project or whether it is part of your bid to get your 15 minutes of fame on social media, check out our enormous library of free music. It is Royalty free, which means that anyone can use it for personal use without having to acquire a license or pay royalties to the owner. It is not stealing and is perfectly legal.
You might think that public domain music for videos would all be boring or that the recordings would be poorly produced, but this is not the case at all. It is true that classical music tends to be in the public domain, but classical music is only part of what you can find in our huge free music library. Choosing music for videos is one of the most fun and creative parts of video making; choose free music and do not risk getting your video taken down because of copyright violations.