For most of us who were old enough to vote in the 1980s, we remember buying the same songs from the same artists over and over again. We bought the album as a teenager, and maybe the eight track tape when we got our first car. When we got a little older we bought the same album back as a cassette, and when the 90s rolled around we bought it again on CD. Every time we bought this “album” a lot of money changed hands.
The artist got a few pennies, the composer got a few, maybe the musicians got some, the publishing house got some, and the record company that produced and distributed the media was also paid. When the same album came out, again, in MP3 format, everyone was getting paid again.
There is one type of music that can be downloaded without paying a dime: MP3 music. This type of music is accessible to everyone, whatever the reason for their choice. You can download MP3 music for playing at your wedding, for listening in your car, for accessorizing your blog site, or even for singing along at a karaoke party. Before using what you consider to be public music, however, you should verify that it is safe for you to use it. Find out how to verify that the music is truly public and free. At the same time, look for ideas on how to use it for profit.
Public MP3 music is not pirated or stolen music. It is music that has been transferred to the public domain either because its license has expired or because its origins are unknown. Older compositions by classical artists are generally considered to be in the public domain. Nursery rhymes, national anthems and many songs from the early 20th century are considered public domain. Every day, more and more songs have their licenses expired and they are placed in the public domain.