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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Submission Shark Releases Martial Arts Album ‘Mastermind’ Combining Music and The Sport of BJJ

The Source 16 Jul 2024
Listeners can stream ‘MASTERMIND’ for free on YouTube. To support the creation of original BJJ music, fans are encouraged to purchase premium Jiu Jitsu gear from Submission Shark ... As a bold move, Submission Shark puts the entire album up on YouTube, allowing BJJ fans to enjoy the music for free....

Live and Local Showcase at Sunrise Theater

The Pilot 09 Jul 2024
Missing First Friday? No worries, the Sunrise Theater is hosting a free outdoor concert on Saturday, July 20, from 4 to 8 p.m., with a lineup of all local bands ... Tickets are absolutely free. The band 723 is a music collective that formed from a love of live music and music creation ... × This page requires Javascript ... ....

Lenox: Gaia Roots performing world music concert

The Berkshire Eagle 08 Jul 2024
... vocal harmonies, acoustic guitar, dance, and story into a unique weave of traditional music and original creations....

Sonic the Hedgehog – The Ultra-Fast forward

Sify 05 Jul 2024
The game utilized the Z80 co-processor in the Mega Drive to handle sound processing, which allowed for memorable music and sound effects ... Robotnik has captured and imprisoned innocent animals within his robotic creations ... Sonic’s mission includes freeing these animals, each of which provides Sonic with additional points.Music.....

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