I think that one of the most difficult parts of using stock music, photos, or videos, etc. is understanding if you’re legally allowed to use it in your own work.

I’m not a lawyer, but I have had to do my fair share of research to figure out copyright issues. So here’s some info so you can hopefully avoid any licensing problems.


Royalty free music gives users the right to use copyrighted music without having to pay “royalties” for recurring use of the content. In other words, royalty free music allows the buyer to pay the music license only once and use the music for as long they want.

Royalty free often gets mistaken for “free” music, which is not the case in many situations. The author or the artist who made the music get to decide what kind of license it will have, and therefore, the costs associated with it.

Here’s an example of free royalty-free music.


Public domain refers to all works that are not protected by copyright and can be used without permission or without having to pay the original author/artist. Public domain essentially gives free use of the music in however a user sees fit.

Essentially, that means that content within the public domain can be copied, distributed, interpreted, and displayed in public for free as if it belongs to everyone.

Check out Dreams To Journeys’ stock audio page for any possible public domain music options.


Creative Commons is one of several public copyright licenses that enables the free distribution of an otherwise copyrighted work. At the core of the Creative Commons license is the idea that every CC license ensures licensors get the credit for their work they deserve. 

Sometimes artists upload their work with a creative commons license and ask for attribution as a requirement to use their work.


An important factor that Dreams To Journeys wishes every visitor to remember is that license agreements can and often do change.

So whenever you find a free resource, be sure to download or copy the license agreement for your own records to protect yourself in case of any future issues.