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Using Music & Sound Effects

Music and sound effects can make a multimedia project come alive, but creators must ensure they’re using audio recordings in compliance with relevant copyright laws.

To support the production of Cornell promotional videos, the university now offers the online music database of FirstCom Music free to all current faculty, staff and students. With thousands of music tracks at your disposal, and an intuitive search function, you are sure to find the perfect tracks and sound effects to make your multimedia projects really stand out. The resources available in the FirstCom Music database are for use in Cornell promotional productions only and are not for personal use.

Find out more about FirstCom Music at

For general information about copyright, visit the Cornell University Library Copyright Services. This website contains important information about using copyrighted materials, including using copyrighted works on social media as well as using recorded music on the web.