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cheyenne_h on 02/05/2018 at 08:51AM

Not All Music on FMA is Licensed for Video

Some of our music is just for listening. Sorry video-making friends! (image via flickr commons)

Just a friendly reminder.

We know, the FMA is a great resource for all sorts of people - filmmakers, remix artists, people who wanna hear strange new sounds - but we've been getting a LOT of messages lately from confused people about whether or not they can use X song in Y video.

It depends on the license, and how you intend to use the music, my friend! And best of all, you can find out all the information you need on your own. There are tons of resources out there to help.

We have a robust FAQ (complete with webinar!) about which licenses are suitable for video here. But here are some basics:

1. ND or No Derivatives: If you want to use a track from FMA for a video, you are not allowed to use anything with an "ND" or "No Derivatives" clause in the license. You must get further permission from the artist in order to use it for a video.

2. NC or Non Commercial: If you want to use a track for commercial purposes (including a monetized YouTube video, a real estate listing, or a video telling people about a product or service that costs money), anything with a "NC" or "Non Commercial" clause is not pre-cleared for this type of use. If you want to use it for a commercial purpose, you must get further written permission from the artist, and possibly pay for a license to use the song.

3. SA or Share Alike: If you want to use a track that is licensed CC BY-SA "Share Alike" or CC BY-NC-SA, you are required by that license to share your own work under the identical license. If you can't, or don't want to, do this, you must get further written permission from the artist. (Noticing a pattern yet?)

4. BY or Attribution: Anything with a CC license with "BY" or "Attribution" in it means you must give credit to the artist, but that's it. You can use it for whatever you want, even derivative works like videos and remixes. If you don't want to, or can't give attribution in your derivative work (such as a video)... guess what? You have to get further permission from the artist! (Now you're getting it!)

We have pre-screened a lot of stuff and it's tucked neatly in the Music For Video curator page (though this includes NC and SA tracks - so make sure to look for the license you need). You can also use stuff from our Public Domain collection without attributing or getting permission from the artist.

If you need guidance, please consult our FAQs, License Guide or read up on the Creative Commons website before asking - you may find the answer right in front of you!

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Alpha_Hydrae on 01/22/2018 at 03:38AM

New Komiku : Poupi's Incredible Adventures !

CC0 Monplaisir

Hello there ! It's Komiku/Monplaisir, I hope you're okay ! Here is my new album "Poupi's Incredible Adventures !", which is an album of 70 tracks dedicated to my plush dog Poupi. At first, I thought to make this soundtrack as a cartoon soundtrack but it slowly became a videogame like soundtrack. I hope you'll like it, don't hesitate to send me feedback about it ! I leave you with the soundtrack and the pitch of their adventure :

It's the story of Poupi, a little dog who need to avoid the accomplishement of a prophecy. So, in one week, they has to travel through space to find the music sheet of serenity, and to go after the horizon to find the time flute. In their way, they will meet Mr Paillettes, a glitter with a crooner voice, and Princess Cheese Burger, the strongest person in the universe. Together, they'll need to find the tiniest place to play the time flute.

The story is more developped on my bandcamp if you want to read about it. If you wanna usethe story or the music, please go for it, it's all in Creative Commons 0. Don't hesitate to contact me, I'm always curious to know what you do with my music !

Thanks for reading this post and listening to my music, I love you all <3

Komiku/Monplaisir

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katya-oddio on 02/18/2017 at 05:07PM

String Quartet Moment of Zen

"Mount Fuji" by Mya Told

Coming in under four minutes, these two contemporary string quartets by Maciej Żołnowski may serve as a moment of beauty in your day, or as John Stewart used to say at the end of The Daily Show, "your moment of zen."

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cheyenne_h on 12/23/2016 at 11:52AM

2016 Year In Review, Part VI: Highlights from Needle Drop Co.

As the end of 2016 approaches, some of our curators are looking back on what 2016 had in store for them. Needle Drop Co. is a curator whose music is intended for use in noncommercial videos and broadcasts. They shared some highlights of this year with us. There will be more highlights coming next week, but this should last you through the holiday weekend!

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cheyenne_h on 12/07/2016 at 02:09PM

FMA: A Resource for Video Producers

YouTuber and online video tutorial-producer PremiereGal gave FMA a shout-out on her latest video about places to find music for videos. She's also rockin' our 2016 fundraiser shirt!

She also mentions a blog entry that gives a quick run-down of the licenses and whether or not they're suitable for video, which you can find here. As always, we encourage everyone to read the licenses carefully and contact the artist if you're in doubt, but don't let that stop you from utilizing all that our archive has to offer!

OK, enough about us. Here's the video!

 

You can find more of PremiereGal's tutorials and updates at her website.

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