Finding Public Domain Music and
You can use public domain music and photographs for your website,
or for CD's or DVD's that you plan to sell. In fact, finding public domain music and photographs is really quite
easy, and such items can usually be obtained at no cost.
You can even obtain public domain sheet music, and possibly compile a collection that
you can copyright and sell! You could obtain the actual music files for public domain music and create your own
music CD as well.
Starting with photographs, there are numerous sources. There are so many collections
that exist online. A good place to start your search is at the Wikipedia resource for public domain images, which
can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_domain_image_resources.
While this is a great place to start, there are
still many other good resources as well. Other sources for public domain photographs include:
Eastman House - http://www.eastmanhouse.org
The New York Public Library - http://www.nypl.org/digital/index.htm
US Dept. of Interior - http://www.doi.gov/gallery.html
For sheet music, good resources
Choral Public Domain Library - http://www.cpdl.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page
The Music Library - http://mus.lib.ru/index_eng.html
Sheet Music Archive - http://www.sheetmusicarchive.net/
Public Domain Music - http://www.pdmusic.org/
For actual public domain music, you should check
Musopen at http://www.musopen.com/.
Actual music is harder to find then sheet music in
the public domain. However, if you can find the sheet music for public domain music, the chances are good that you
can probably find the actual music on the Internet as well. Therefore, when you want music files, start by finding
the sheet music first, to ensure that it is indeed in the public domain.
Again, most of these resources will not charge for the files. There are some really
good finds just waiting to be found - and there is a lot of money to be made from these 'oldie but goodies' if they
are used in the right way.