Free music

Free music or libre music is music that, like free software, can freely be copied, distributed and modified for any purpose. Thus free music is either in the public domain or licensed under a free license by the artist or copyright holder themselves, often as a method of promotion. It does not mean that there should be no fee involved. The word free refers to freedom (as in free software), not to price.

The Free Music Philosophy generally encourages creators to free music using whatever language or methods they wish. A Free Music Public License (FMPL) is available for those who prefer a formal approach. Some free music is licensed under licenses that are intended for software (like the GPL) or other writings (the GFDL). But there are also licenses especially for music and other works of art, such as EFF's Open Audio License, LinuxTag's Open Music License, the Free Art license and some of the Creative Commons Licences.


Before the advent of copyright law in the early 18th century and its subsequent application to music compositions first, all music was "free" according to the definitions used in free software or free music, since there were no copyright restrictions. In practice however, music reproduction was generally restricted to live performances and the legalities of playing other people's music was unclear in most jurisdictions. Copyright laws changed this gradually so much so that in the late 20th century, copying a few words of a musical composition or a few seconds of a sound recording, the two forms of music copyright, could be considered criminal infringement.

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AiDot APP upgrades its Smart Zone page, adds Music Rhythm Home Monitoring and Pet Sitting feature

Longview News-Journal 29 Jul 2022
Music Rhythm, Energy Dashboard, Home Monitoring, and Pet Sitting. Synchronized color changes and musical grooves, cover whole space ... AiDot Music Rhythm feature gets users' lighting blinking and changing color in time to music without any delay which satisfies the needs for the creation of the ultimate music atmosphere....

The Mixtape: Haz Beats

RNZ 27 Jul 2022
Given all the music he's downloaded for free in the past, he's happy to share his own creations with anyone who wants to use them. "We came up through stolen music and us stealing other people's music we came from nothing and we downloaded all this stuff for free so it's us giving back Now I'm just like 'steal my music - it's all good'."....

Millis native's newly released single pays homage to New England shores

The Milford Daily News 26 Jul 2022
Out of all eight of her music labors of love, Devlin does play favorites ... In 2012, Devlin wrote and produced her first EP — "Home Now" — on her desktop Mac with a $100 podcasting microphone and GarageBand, a music creation application that came free with her computer....

Releasing music made easier, affordable with Tunecore

Manila Bulletin 23 Jul 2022
Cyrus Chen, head of Southeast Asia Tunecore, reiterated, “Through Tunecore, constant music creation is made more accessible for all artists by giving them the control to release an unlimited number of singles and albums.”. “For the free plan, artists are able to get their ......

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