Take it from a guy who once had every single song on his album licensed for use in a film, TV show or commercial.

Veteran electronic producer Moby has relaunched MobyGratis.com, a database of free music available for use by film students, not-for-profit ventures and independent filmmakers.

The relaunched site adds even more music from Moby’s back catalogue, including his last two albums Wait For Me and Destroyed, his recent collaboration with Mark Lanegan and remixes from David Lynch, Apparat, Photek, Yeasayer and others.

The music is completely free as long it’s for a non-commercial venture. If the music is used commercially, any money made goes to The Humane Society, a charity chosen by Moby, who’s well-known for his veganism and stance on animal rights. At no point does the producer himself make any money from the venture, he’s at pains to add – watch his introductory video below.

After selecting music from the catalogue of around 150 pieces, filmmakers can apply for approval, which takes around 24 hours. According to Moby, no one has been refused so far.

In another example of creative licensing, last year the estate of experimental rocker Frank Zappa announced the Roxy By Proxy project to allow fans to buy the licensing rights to a previously unreleased live album.



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