Sunday, August 16, 2009


Kevin MacLeod(2008) runs a music website offering free downloads of his original work. He believes the benifits for him out weight the cost. Copyrights on music can be expensive especially when you need a piece for a school play , film, powerpoint or even YouTube clip. There are a lot of schools with no money, and plenty of film makers who want to have music - but can't afford to clear copyrights from the existing systems that are set up. Macleod (2008) works under the creative commons banner which you can alter to address your copyright needs. Macleod (2008) states that
if you hold tightly to your creative works, they become impossible to share. If your art isn't experienced by people, it serves no purpose in society'. There are alot of websites offering free music such as Triple J.
I didn't realise the copyright infringements with music on the web. I figured if it was on the web it was okay to download, listen and share. How wrong was I. I am now aware of this and will be ensuring that as a Learning Manager I will be educating my students to look for copyright laws on all artistic forms of media on and off the web.
I chose a song from Macleod's free music library titled "Sunshine". My daughter helped me pick the piece as she plays the piano and guitar she thought it would be a good piece to practise with. Macleod (2008) describes this as a bright piece with piano and rhythm guitar throughout also Kit and Bass in the background. I thought I could then use this in the classroom for a music lesson and have the students discover/listen to the different instruments being played.


Macleod, K. (2008). Royalty Free Music. Computer citing August 17, 2009 from

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