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Government Resources for Audio
Government works are not copyright protected. Government works are defined as work produced by an officer or employee of the United States government. Please be cautious here, as works produced by contractors are copyright protected.
Free Internet Sources for Music, Sounds, and Audio
There are many sources for media freely available online. Please be sure to check each site for copyright stipulations.
Creative Commons develops, supports, and stewards legal and technical infrastructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing, and innovation. The Creative Commons includes music, video, writing, code, and other creative work.
Free-Loops.com provides free loops and audio clip downloads to the music production community, provided in Wav, MP3, Aif, & Midi Sound Files. Music Software & Free VST Plugins.
SoundBible offers free sound clips for download in either wav or mp3 format, offering free and royalty free sound effects and clips for video editors, movie scores, game designers, and weekend sound warriors.
The Internet Archive
The Internet Archive includes texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages.
A collection of images, sounds, and videos submitted by the public for common use.
Photo Courtesy of The Library of Congress American Memory
Sheet Music Collection, The John Hay Library
Brown University Library Box A, Providence, RI, 02912