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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Hungary Today 14 Jun 2024
Highlights include an exciting project at the Martyn-Lantos Museum titled LaMu, or Lantos and Music, which explores the relationship between music and free creation. Participants can create electronic musical compositions inspired by Ferenc Lantos’s paintings and then translate the music back into visual form....

Spotify HiFi could finally be coming, but it’ll cost you

Digital Trends 11 Jun 2024
... for years — but will also include some new playlist creation and library management tools ... What is Tidal? The hi-fi streaming music service fully explained How much is Spotify Premium, and can you get it for free? How much is Apple Music, and how can you get it for free?....

Waterfront Festival, Cardboard Boat Regatta coming to Watkins Glen. See event schedule.

The Leader 10 Jun 2024
to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 15, providing a day full of family-friendly activities, live music and the popular Cardboard Boat Regatta ... From 12-4 p.m., attendees can participate in free family activities such as face painting, balloon creations and interactive games, Christensen said. The musical highlight of the festival will be from 4-7 p.m ... ...

Unlock Creativity: Top Free AI Tools Transform Digital Innovation

GetNews 07 Jun 2024
Pika Labs and CapCut redefine video enhancement by offering high-definition upscaling and sophisticated editing features for free. Likewise, tools like SciSpace and Suno are changing the approach towards academic research and music creation, making these pursuits more accessible....

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