Have a great 4th of July celebrating the freedoms we all take for granted. Freedoms to choose open source software over over priced proprietary software. Freedom to choose Linux operating systems over closed down and heavily regulated OSes like Windows and Apple. Freedom to use and publish Creative Commons content (pictures, videos, music, etc) instead of inflexible Copyright content. Enjoy your day!
How often, as a teacher, did you struggle trying to find music clips that you can use in multimedia presentations? You try to consult the Copyright/Fair Use rules, but you’re an educator: not a lawyer! So what did you do? Either not put in an music or ignore law and do something illegal?
With CCMixter (http://www.ccmixter.org/), however, you can find some great music that you can freely use, mix, and put into your presentations. According to their website, CCMixter is:
a community music site featuring remixes licensed under Creative Commons where you can listen to, sample, mash-up, or interact with music in whatever way you want.
Obviously, they release much of the music, and others upload music, that falls in the Attribution and Non-Commercial Creative Commons license, so you can pretty much do anything with the music you find here, except for selling it. Just like any music/media, make sure you and/or your students cite the music as well. As with any music site, CCMixter contains A LOT of clips and full songs. You definitely need to spend some time here, but you should definitely find what you are looking for!