Open-Source Audio & Video

A Sampling of License–Free Music Sites

  • BeatPick: A web site that allows you to license music for use in websites, documentaries, slideshows, presentations, etc.

  • ccMixter: “ccMixter is a community music site featuring remixes licensed under Creative Commons where you can listen to, sample, mash-up, or interact with music in whatever way you want.”

  • Color of my Sound: A website that tests the application of synesthesia to music by asking users to associate colors with songs.
  • Free Music Archive: “Archive of public domain and Creative Commons licensed songs managed with a curatorial approach.”

  • Freesound: A good resource for sound effects.

  • Internet Archive: Community Audio: This source provides a wide range of contributed sounds and music.

  • Internet Archive: Netlabels: Another  subset of Internet Archive, this site features more than 1900 labels.

  • Jamendo: Over 350,000 tracks.

  • MusicOpen: Provides audio, printed music and textbooks.  Most audio examples are locally recorded by non-profit organizations/performers.

  • Musicovery: Create music playlists based on your mood — “simple, intuitive, and playful.”
  • National Jukebox: More than 10,000 historical recordings from 1901-1925, made available by the Library of Congress.
  • Pandora Internet Radio: Streaming internet radio station that helps you discover new music you’ll love.
  • Royalty-Free Music: “The Royalty-Free Music library offers one of the largest online collections of royalty-free stock music and special effects––from classical music to rock to country music––and every genre and musical style in between.”

  • Sound Cloud: Explore the Creative Commons page for available tracks and links to other users offering their music for use under a CC license.

  • Spotify: Millions of streaming tracks — find the right music for every moment.

Open-Source Video:

  • American Memory: Library of Congress:  The Motions Pictures multimedia collections include sixteen separate collections, from “Coca-Cola Advertising” to “Spanish-American War.“

  • Community Video: Thousands of videos contributed by Internet Archive users and community members. All are available for free download.

  • Fandor: High quality art house, silent, classic, documentary, and international films. As with other subscription services, you can access the entire site free for 14 days. After that, there is a monthly fee of $10.

  • Hotdocslibrary.ca: “Features full-length features by some of Canada’s leading filmmakers including Jennifer Baichwal, Allan King, Jean-Daniel Lafond, Alan Zweig, Kevin McMahon, Shelley Saywell and Nettie Wild.”

  • Hulu-Movies Home: Full-length feature films, documentaries, and trailers

  • Internet Archive: Moving Image Archive:  “Library of free movies, films, and videos. This library contains thousands of digital movies uploaded by Archive users which range from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to cartoons and concerts. Many of these videos are available for free download.”

  • The Open Video Project:  This site’s mission is to establish a repository of video content for libraries and researchers.

  • PBS:  You can view numerous PBS programs, films, and shows, from Masterpiece to Bill Moyers.

  • SnagFilms: Popular favorites, distinctive indies, and hidden gems.