Vimeo just announced a new service, the Vimeo Music Store. The store includes 45,000+ music titles that are a mix of creative commons and commercial songs categorized by Genre, Tempo, Theme, Mood, and/or a specific instrument. Vimeo is a huge creative commons advocate and by introducing a music sharing service they bring the creative commons community a step closer to their mission of totally free and easy sharing between artists. The pay per song rates are $1.99 for personal use and $98 for commercial use. The library is powered by FMA (one of my favorite places to find music) and audiosocket.
It is probably worth explaining the difference between vimeo’s personal use and commercial use and what it may mean for the artist who is trying to use the song for their own creative work. Personal use means the derivative work may not make any money or have any potential to make money this does not mean the artist cannot publish the work, it just can’t be published for profit. Commercial use means you may potentially make money off the work. If the project will be submitted to film festivals, used on business websites or any for profit venture a commercial license is required (this includes websites with ad space). Additionally, note that these prices are not a blanket, universal license (although that is available as well). According to Vimeo:Should you wish to obtain a license for certain activities, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For new licenses made within two (2) years of this License, Licensor will provide perpetual, worldwide licenses for the following media and uses at the following rates: A large portion of the songs in vimeo’s musicstore are in the creative commons meaning they may be used commercially or personally for any type of work. Creative Commons is a wonderful non profit organization that has helped artists share their work for almost a decade (started in 2002). One of my favorite motion graphics artists, Beeple, is a big proponent of creative commons. As a matter of fact, he mentions it briefly in a recent interview with the blog nutriot. I’m planning on putting together a much bigger post on my views of creative commons licensing and how it can be implemented to the best effect soon.