Vimeo: Copyrighted music and alternatives.

Posted by on May 25, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Vimeo: Copyrighted music and alternatives.

As probably everybody heard now, that Vimeo implemented a “Copyright Match”-System (see their blog for details) it might become more difficult to choose a good soundtrack you might say. Actually i would say the opposite is true. Why using “music from the Big Record Companies” if there are other options out there ?



Let us investigate some of the alternatives together:

One of my favourite resource for “independent and non-profit filmmakers, film students and anyone in need of free music for their independent, non-profit, film , video or short” (quote from his page).

You can license over 150 tracks from moby. It might take 24 hours to get the approval, but you get high-quality audio files and it’s definitely worth a look.

(8 out of 10 – as only moby related songs)

This “platform” has all kind of different music styles and under various licenses. Actually all sounds are Creative Commons, with various adaptions. Unlimited Download.

If you plan to use the sounds in a commercial background (commercials, company usage, commercial videos or production) you can license various songs. it’s called “jamendo PRO”.

(7 out of 10 – due to large quality differences, but still great offers)


The Free Music Archive is an interactive library of high-quality, legal audio downloads directed by WFMU, the most renowned freeform radio station in America. Radio has always offered the public free access to new music. The Free Music Archive is a continuation of that purpose, designed for the age of the internet.

Inspired by Creative Commons and the open source software movement, the FMA provides a legal and technological framework for curators, artists, and listeners to harness the potential of music sharing.

Users can also ‘tip’ an artist if they like a song.

(9 out of 10 – good sounds, tip jar is nice)

It is┬áKevin MacLeod’s project. He offers various kinds of royalty free music, all very high quality. He offers two licensings: One is credit based and the other is that you pay by song (check out his FAQ page here for more details)

He has lots of film scores, music themes and different genres. If you are looking for a film score for medieval, you’re right here. If you are looking for a bride video, there you go. Action short ? Yes. Over 2000 Songs from him.

(10 out of 10 – my personal favourite)

Freesound aims to create a huge collaborative database of audio snippets, samples, recordings, bleeps, … released under Creative Commons licenses that allow their reuse. Freesound provides new and interesting ways of accessing these samples.

The problem of using those samples is probably not as clear defined as the other mentioned services. Everybody can upload samples, however some of them might not be cleared off and just “sampled” from another source.

(5 out of 10 – lots of content, but licenses are difficult)

Other Resources

There is of course a lot of other stuff (sample libraries, samples, music libraries) on the network, but i found them of very little use. If you know some more – let us know! I am more than happy to include valueable resources here for you.



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