Music in the Public Domain

STUDENTS: How to crush it on your presentation...legally!

Incorporate Music Into Your Presentations

When you're working on a project and you have to create a presentation, it's a given that adding music will improve your presentation just about every time. It's also a given that copyright laws prohibit you from using a majority of your favorite songs without the risk of penalties or fines.

Remember, websites like SoundCloud may be easy to use and embed in your presentations, but that doesn't mean that you aren't breaking copyright laws!

Oldies but Goodies!

  • Generally, music compositions that were published prior to 1922 are in the public domain in the United States. What is the public domain, you ask? Public Domain covers items that are free for use by the public once their copyright has been exhausted. That means that no one can legally claim the music as their own.
  • Almost all sound recordings in the United States are currently under copyright law until 2067.

So How Can You Use Music In Your Presentations without racking up a fine?

Visit this website to find royalty free music available for your immediate use!


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