Want to see if a work is in the public domain? Is there something on the Internet that you would like to use yourself? The Creative Commons website is a great place to find out if you are able to use a picture, piece of music, or other source materials. Just go to the Creative Commons website and in the Explore Box click on “Find CC-Licensed Works”. In the top right corner is a google search like box. Just type in what you are looking for. Underneath the search box is a listing of different websites you can search. Click which website you would like to search in. For example, if you type in bouvier des flandres, then click the Flicker website, lots of pictures of the dogs will come up. Click on one of the pictures. Underneath it will tell you the rights to the pictures and whether it is able to be used. This can also be done in other picture websites, for other media, and music websites as well.
Radio Search Engine is a new website that is a radio search engine for songs, artists, shows, and stations all over the world. From the site, “Search for your favorite artist and listen to their music. If it’s not playing right now, you’ll find stations that will likely play it which will lead to other music and stations you’re sure to enjoy.”
The website home page starts by listing the FM and AM radio stations in your area. Each station lists what it is playing or if it is on a station break. The site also has a google-like search box at the top of the page. Put in the song, artist, show, or station you are looking for. A search for “Michael Jackson”, brought up multiple stations playing his songs around the nation. Click on the song you want to hear and it will bring up other songs you may like to listen to as well. Multiple talk shows and even old radio shows like “American Top 40” can be found as well.
The Internet Archive website provides free full access to out of copyright materials. Government documents, books, audios, moving images, and a music archive are all available to be viewed. The content on the site is provided by any person or institution who would like their materials preserved.
On the site, the Wayback Machine is a place where old internet websites can be viewed and digital content can be saved. Over 150 billion pages are provided.
The Moving Images library has over 500,000 free movies, films, and videos. Educational and community videos are included.
The Live Music library provides over 100,000 items from over 5,000 bands. Live concerts that are strictly non-commercial are listed.
The audio archive and MP3 library lists over two hundred thousand free digital recordings, from concerts to news programs to book readings. Many of the audios are available for download.
The E-books and texts archive has over 3,000,000 fiction, popular books, children’s books, historical texts and academic books. Many use the Creative Commons licenses. Some international collections are also included.
These and many other libraries are listed on the website.
Freesound is a database of 120,000 sounds, not songs. The sounds can include anything from a pipe banging against the wall to water dripping. Many of the sounds have been used in movies and in ccMixter remixes. Keywords and “sounds-like” type of browsing are available for searching. From the site, “Freesound is a collaborative database of Creative Commons Licensed sounds. Browse, download and share sounds.”
The colleges of Memphis website connects over thirteen universities and colleges that are in the Memphis area. From this website, you will find directories to student life, on-campus housing, venues the city has to offer, and college admissions. There is also an insider’s guide with links to all things Memphis such as places to eat, cultural offerings, and local current news. The purpose of collegesofmemphis.org is to promote Memphis to prospective students.
The Discography is an on-line encyclopedia that can be used to find information about music contracts, copyrights, trusts, torts and more. You will also find updated blogs about legal music news.