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Musicians and CC

Online Resources

  • ccMixter is a community music site featuring remixes licensed under Creative Commons where you can listen to, sample, mash-up, or interact with music in whatever way you want.
  • Copyright Friendly - A long list of copyright friendly music resources. Take a look!
  • - collaborative database for Creative Commons Licensed sounds. Good for sound effects such as ambient noises, synthesized sounds and sounds produced by musical instruments.
  • Jamendo - Jamendo is a music website and a community for free and legal music downloads under Creative Commons licenses. Includes an additional pro-shop, where companies can pay artists for commerical use of their music.
  • Open Music Search - search for Copyleft, Creative Commons, Open Source, and Public Domain works in music
  • Soundcloud - Soundcloud is an online audio distribution platform which allows collaboration, promotion and distribution of audio recordings with Creative Commons licenses as an option.


Case Studies

Learn more about how musicians use Creative Commons licenses in their work.

Featured Entries

  • Ancient Free Gardeners: Ancient Free Gardeners is an indie-rock band in Melbourne, Australia, using Creative Commons licences to distribute their music.
  • Christopher Willits: Willits is a prominent experimental musician from the San Francisco Bay area.
  • Jonathan Coulton: Jonathan Coulton is an independent/unsigned singer-songwriter who utilises Creative Commons licences to help promote his music via free downloads.
  • Monk Turner: Monk Turner is a musician of eclectic taste and an approach to releasing albums that involves CC licensing through the internet archive.
  • Pig Head Skin: Yueh-hsin Chu (a.k.a. Pig Head Skin) is an independent musician/producer in Taiwan, and leads the band Jesus Rocks! The band released an album of the same name in October 2004 under a Creative Commons License.
  • Topology: Topology is an internationally acclaimed Brisbane-based new music ensemble.
  • Yunyu: Yunyu is a successful unsigned singer/songwriter in Sydney, Australia, who uses Creative Commons licences for promotional purposes.
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