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Music Copyright

Use this guide to explore music copyright information and resources.

About This Guide

Welcome to the Research Guide for music copyright. This guide was designed to help students in researching and gathering information for music copyright. 

Navigate through the pages on the menu to the left for more information.

Copyright: Information regarding copyright basics and specifics for copyright as it relates to music. 

Creative Commons: Browse information related to creative commons and usage guidelines.

Guidelines + Educational Use: Information on suggested use and fair use. 

Public DomainDiscover information on public domain and where to find public domain resources. 

Sound ResourcesBrowse library resources for music and other sound resources. 

Feel free to contact the library for assistance at any point in your research process, whether you're just starting a project or you're hitting a dead end. Chat services and librarian contact information can be found on the left side of this page. Or, schedule a research consultation by clicking on the link below.

Schedule a Research Consultation

Goldstein Library provides research consultations with Research Librarians who are interested in your topic and excited to help you research! We are prepared to help you find the information you need to be successful! Our specialization is helping artists and designers find the materials that they need for reference and research (images, books, journal articles, websites, videos, and more); helping you understand how you can use what you find ethically; and how to cite your sources. 

Please note: All research consultations with Research Librarians will be taking place virtually via Zoom until further notice.

A Special Note on Copyright

Please Note: Librarians are an initial step to providing copyright information in academic institutions, however, an attorney should be consulted for legal advice.