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Sharing Using Creative Commons Licenses
Creative Commons licenses are a popular set of free and voluntary copyright licenses. With CC licenses, creators have the choice to give up certain exclusive rights normally associated with copyright, while retaining others.There are six different licenses that provide users with different levels of freedom. For more information about the different licenses and how they work, check out our Creative Commons landing page and the Creative Commons page on licenses.
Select a Creative Commons License
When uploading a sound or set, select the license you want to release your work under. You can change the license in the sound settings (by clicking the pen icon above the waveform) at any time.
If you release all your sounds under a CC license, you might want to change your default license setting your “extra” settings. No matter how this setting is configured, you can still change the license on individual sounds.
Search for Creative Commons Licensed Sounds
Our advanced search features let you search under CC parameters. Learn more about how to use advanced search in this blog post. Additionally, you can explore tracks licensed under CC licenses on our Creative Commons landing page.
Use Creative Commons Licensed Sounds
You can use sounds that you find on SoundCloud according to the terms provided in the license. All Creative Commons licenses require at least attribution, which means you must give credit to the original author. (A link to the track page on SoundCloud is probably smart, also.)
If you stick to the terms of the Creative Commons license, you do not have to ask for permission from the original creator—in fact, that's the whole point—but keep in mind that many creators are interested in seeing projects that use their work!