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Oral History and Podcasting

A collection of oral history and podcasting resources

Why use music or sounds?

You might want to include music, sound effects, or soundscapes as your audio recordings evolve. Here are a few sites with a wide range of audio files that can often be used free of charge. Make sure to read the copyright and Creative Commons license details to be sure the sound files are free to you to use.

Finding Royalty-free Sounds and Music

Learn about Creative Commons and Copyright

Make sure you understand the copyright requirements of text, images, or video you use, especially if you hope to share your work beyond your Middlebury course. Remember that citing the original source is not the same as getting permission to use a work protected by copyright. 

What is Creative Commons?

Creative Commons (CC) is a copyright system that lets you legally use music, movies, images, and other content — all for free. CC offers free copyright licenses that anyone can use to mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry. For instance, a musician might use a Creative Commons license to allow people to legally share her songs online, make copies for friends, or even use them in videos or make remixes.