Frequently Asked Questions

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Users' Most Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do we cite Soundzabound for proper attribution?

 

A: Title / Artist / Soundzabound Royalty Free Music, www.soundzabound.com.

Q: Why do I need Soundzabound when there is free music out there?

A: Most free music sites do not offer the synchronization license required for K-12 and higher education. Check the license closely.  Failure to comply with the license can result in you having to pay due to penalties.  This does happen frequently. Also, a lot of the "free" music out there is not screened for content, as ours is.

Q: I'm new to Soundzabound.com. Where do I start?

A: Welcome to Soundzabound! You can find tutorials here. We have tutorials from specifically getting started with Soundzabound.com, to applying Soundzabound in your media projects. If you have any further questions, you can contact us at info@soundzabound.com or live tech support at 888.834.1792.

Q: I created an account on your website, why do I not have access to your music?

A: In order to download the Volumes of music, a purchase of a license is required. You can visit www.soundzabound.com/pricing-ordering for more information. However, you can access our FREE music. Simply click on "Volume" under "Browse By" located directly under the log-in on the left hand side bar, then click on free music. These are completely ok to use in your student's projects. You MUST create an account in order to download the free music.

Q: Alright, I have my account, but want to change my username or password. Why do I have to contact you?

A: We have ALL the accounts set up with no administrator functions, including the rights of changing of information. This is to prevent students and other users from changing log in information without notice or notifying others. So, you can feel safe to share your log in with your students! If at anytime you wish to change your log ins, please contact us directly at 888.834.1792 or info@soundzabound.com..

Q: Can we post our username(s) and password(s) on our school's website?

A: ONLY if the username(s) and password(s) will be password protected and can not be viewed by the general public. If not password protected, we recommend placing something along the lines of "You must log in to have access to our school's music. See [teacher] for username and password." Displaying of usernames and passwords on un-password protected websites can result in loss of licensing. If you would like to place a link to Soundzabound on your site, you may do so. Visit here to get HTML codes and images. 

Q: Can we place videos we have created with your music online (ie. youtube.com, schooltube.com, Facebook, etc)?

A: Yes! Once you have purchased a license for the music, that is 100% within your rights. You may also place productions that contain the free music we offer online as well. Learn more about our licensing here.

Q: Can I download the volumes that I own in bulk, instead of one at a time?

A: Absolutely! Here is a tutorial on how to do so.

Q: Someone once told me that we can legally use 30 seconds of copyrighted music for our school projects or presentations. Is this true?

A: You may use 10% of a copyrighted piece of music for face-to-face instruction directly related to your course content. For example- if you are teaching on the transition of Classical to Romantic eras of music and you play a 10% piece of a Beethoven composition, this could fall under fair use. However, You may NOT safely use in a video, pod-cast, broadcast, powerpoint or synchronize with any other form of multimedia without written permission from the copyright holder. You also may not post to website or record in any format. The U.S. Copyright Office also states: "The distinction between fair use and infringement may be unclear and not easily defined. There is no specific number of words, lines or notes that may be safely taken without permission. Acknowledging the source of the copyrighted material does not substitute for obtaining permission."

Q: How does Soundzabound license the music?

A: By individual school site. Blanket licenses are available for districts, regions, and consortiums; however, sites must be accounted for in the purchase. Bulk pricing is available by calling Toll Free at 1-888-834-1792. Soundzabound is the only royalty free music for education which meets all licensing requirements for grades K-12 and universities. Visit www.soundzabound.com/licensing for more information on our licensing.

Q: I purchased a song legally from i-Tunes. Can I not use it in my video at school?

A: No. You purchased the song for home and personal use, not for public or educational use. You do not own the rights to the music; the copyright holder(s) own the rights to the material. And, you do not have synchronization rights to mechanically use the music. 

Q: What about for educational use?

A: The Fair Use Guidelines for Education were written in 1997 and have become antiquated by the digital age. Technology is moving too quickly, and the guidelines have not been re-visited in all these years. Besides, these are "guidelines", and the copyright holder(s) control the rights to their music. If they want to press charges because you did not get permission, they can file a lawsuit. It is best that 10% of the material used is for related course content, and conducted face-to-face in a classroom setting. By synchronizing with video, PowerPoint, pod-casting, broadcasting, or putting on a website, you are subjecting yourself to a lawsuit.

Q: Don't you think this legal aspect is too strict for educators, and that we are not able to take an advantage of our educational rights within the guidelines?

A: Better safe than sorry. Technology is moving way too quickly for educators to act safely within the laws. This is the safe approach. Besides, copyright holders, labels, producers, artists and everyone involved in the record industry are hungry regardless of how much money they make. Even though you may not be making a profit, if they think they can get some money out of a school or district, they will certainly try.

Q: How do I demonstrate ethical practices to my teachers, students and administrators?

A: By being a leader and doing it yourself. Regarding ethics, we can not be hypocritical. No drugs at school means don't bring drugs to school. Obeying the laws on plagiarism means we do not plagiarize. In that case, we can no longer turn a blind eye or ear to the music copyright laws. The law is the law, and so long as it is, we obey it. Be a leader, act ethically, and your people will follow.

Q: How do I teach ownership, especially to a student?

A: That is best demonstrated by our current artists and developers at Soundzabound. Many are in their early 20's, and only a short time ago were coming up through our local schools. Guess what? Now that they are creating and developing, they want to get paid for their works! Though your students may not understand ownership right now, in just a few short years, they will. How can they if you don't lead the way?

Q: But, many artists give away their music in order to further promote themselves...

A: That's great if they want to do that. But, let that be their decision, NOT YOURS. You don't own the music to decide how it gets promoted. Let that be the decision of the copyright holder(s), and be careful, as not many artists own all the rights to their music. There may be 20 hands in the pie when it comes to copyright ownership. In order to obtain permission, you have to get written permission from all. In summary, obeying the copyright laws for music is much like the current seatbelt law. In the past, nobody wore seatbelts. Over the years, people get hurt, liability becomes an issue, and it becomes the law. Now, if you get in a car and don't buckle up, people look at you strangely. Obeying music copyright law has become much the same in the last several years. Due to liability, educators are buckling up. If you think other people are doing it (they are), but a growing majority are seeing the danger as technology evolves in education, and are thinking wisely so as not to bring infringment upon their site, sytem or network. Be a forward thinker. Get some royalty free music, and...buckle up.

Q: How do I use royalty free music by Soundzabound in Apple’s Garageband

A: You can see a video tutorial here. You can also see more tutorials in using Soundzabound in many ways here.

Q: Is there a printable tutorial available for accessing and downloading royalty free music from Soundzabound?

A: Absolutely, you may download our tutorial directly from our website and print it at your leisure. Soundzabound Printable Tutorial - Click here!  You can view other printable tutorials here

Q: What are the advantages of Soundzabound over Creative Commons Licensing?

A: There are two major advantages to using Soundzabound over Creative Commons:

1)  Creative Commons has individual licensing scenarios specified by each user, therefore you a are dealing with multiple licensing scenarios that are all different. Soundzabound offers all content on one consistent license for multiple songs, artists and tracks.  See http://www.soundzabound.com/licensing.

2)  Creative Commons does not screen content for educational use.  In the past, we have received links from Creative Commons users which contained pornographic content, racially offensive content and foul language.  Soundzabound screens all content to ensure it is appropriate for use within education.