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Journalism - Finding and Using Images, Maps, Video & Audio: Royalty-Free Audio

Tips & links to help with citing and locating media. Also contains resources for understanding copyright and fair use of media

Royalty-Free Audio Clips


Freesound was started in 2005 in the Music Technology Group of Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain. Currently it is being maintained and developed by the Freesound team, which is composed of current and former researchers and students of the research group.

"Freesound aims to create a huge collaborative database of audio snippets, samples, recordings, bleeps, ... released under Creative Commons licenses that allow their reuse. Freesound provides new and interesting ways of accessing these samples, allowing users to:

  • browse the sounds in new ways using keywords, a "sounds-like" type of browsing and more
  • upload and download sounds to and from the database, under the same creative commons license
  • interact with fellow sound-artists!"

"We also aim to create an open database of sounds that can also be used for scientific research and be integrated in third party applications. Using the Freesound API researchers and developers can access Freesound content a retrieve meaningful sound information such as metadata, analysis files and the sounds themselves."

Audioblocks provides some royalty-free audio clips

Videvo offers free stock videos and motion graphics for use in any project.  You may use these video clips free of charge in both personal and commercial productions.  Video clips that carry the Creative Commons 3.0 license must attribute the original auto