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Copyright guidance in a university setting

Free Music Sites has over 3000 free music and sound effects available to preview and download.  Browse by category (Blues, Classical, Comedy, Hip-Hop & Urban, Dramatic, etc.), or search for sound effects (try searching human daily actions or object sounds).  Additional clips are available for 99¢

 Opsound is another site that invites users to download, share and remix music.

Web Sites

The first 3 links are good guides for finding images and sound you can use without seeking permission.  Some sites place restrictions on your use so be sure to read their terms.

Royalty free music for all Wisconsin Schools

We are happy to announce that all Wisconsin may now use Soundzabound (see link below), a collection of royalty free music and sound effects designed specifically for K-12 school use (universities too). ECB is providing access to the complete Soundzabound collection through BadgerLink, Wisconsin’s connection to the world of information.


Soundzabound provides music and sound effects that are copyright compliant, content safe and royalty free for use in student projects and other school productions. For example, students may download and use these Mp3 audio files in podcasts, videos, digital storytelling or any type of multimedia production. The audio may also be used at assemblies, theater performances and other public performances, or as soundtracks to productions such as video yearbooks or sports videos.


Users may be automatically authenticated by BadgerLink as a Wisconsin resident, or may need to enter a Wisconsin library card number to access the resources. Users can search or browse for music and sound effects and download the files to their computer or network.