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You can use other people's music for your project as long as you have permission or if it is openly licensed. These resources below are great for finding audio that is licensed for reuse. Be sure to provide attribution to all content you use that was created by someone else.
If you don't plan to start up a band to record the perfect song or can't go out to record the sound of rain, don't worry -- there are many people who record music and different sounds so that they can share them with people like you. Check out the resources below to find the audio you need. You may need to be a bit flexible with this option because you may not find exactly what you're looking for.
For educational projects you can use content that is under copyright within the classroom context. This is something called 'fair use' that allows people to use content that is under copyright without permission under certain specific restrictions. However, if your podcast contains audio that you don't have permission to use and you upload it to public services like YouTube or SoundCloud, you may get a take down notice. If you use audio without permission, be sure to keep it in Canvas or just share via private services like email or Google Drive links.
The good news is that you have access to a lot of content that is openly licensed, meaning that you have permission to use it without asking. For the most part, openly licensed content will fall under two types of licenses:
These requirements can be layered to set the criteria that the creator is comfortable with. It can get confusing and you can learn more at the Creative Commons site, but here are examples of cc licenses you may come across and how to interpret them for your podcast:
Using openly licensed content can help you create a great project but you also need to consider how to provide proper attribution to ensure that you're not violating copyright and aren't violating the campus academic honesty policy.
If you are looking for more in-depth tutorials on creating projects, we have some Online SkillShops that cover the complete process. You will also earn a badge for each SkillShop you complete!