Why would anyone ignore the advice of VO’s practicing lawyer Rob Sciglimpaglia?
Not that anyone has, but may I underscore the importance of it these days? There are endless touchpoints in your business where sound legal advice can keep you from a boatload of trouble.
One is the infringement of copyrights. I’m acutely aware of it, because of the hassle a fellow voice-actor is going through right now, having innocently used graphics for some online content that now are being claimed as the property of another. (opportunistic legal gremlins are involved)
I’ve done this very thing myself. How easy is it to go to Google or Bing Images and search away for the right pic to go with your blog?! Very easy. But no more. I’m going through all my past blog articles (some 3,000) and eliminating those pics which I cannot rightly claim as my own. Arduous process.
BTW, my VO colleague and fellow blogger Paul Strikwerda recently wrote an excellent article on this as well.
I’m reminded of all this as I prepare today’s list for you. There ARE royalty-free sites for pictures (Unsplash is one that’s actually FREE), and music as well. I realize not all that many of you are mixing music into your auditions. But from time-to-time most of us find a reason to need some riffs or tunes to go under some production we’re working on. The following list offers that. Mind you: royalty-free does not mean free. Once you’ve paid, you need not worry about the rights…yours free to use.
I’ve been through most of those sites on the list, and find them reliable. Some offer upgrade deals you may find of value (or not).
I’ve steadily added to this list since I first published it in 2010, and all those links are included here. I even was sent a new one yesterday that I’m placing at the top of the list: http://www.Unroyalty.com.
Please let me know if you have others, or if you find a link below that no longer works, or is no longer royalty-free. The sites are presented in no particular order.