As indie upcoming artist, we don't have the resources of the big record labels and need to find clever ways to get get our content ready for prime time. Throughout my search I have found multiple sources to get everything from professional journalism, blog post, spotify playlist additions, and more.
What you need to know about copyright laws and how to make sure you are legit!!
According to wikipedia it states: Copyright is a legal right, existing globally in many countries, that basically grants the creator of an original work exclusive rights to determine and decide whether, and under what conditions, this original work may be used by others. This is usually only for a limited time. The exclusive rights are not absolute but limited by limitations and exceptions to copyright law, including fair use. A major limitation on copyright on ideas is that copyright protects only the original expression of ideas, and not the underlying ideas themselves.
So in essence, we need to be very careful with use of photos, use of others intellectual property, and content! We need to verify that what we are using, we have permission! Whether its for personal or commercial use it has different implications. Google is your friend. Do your Due Diligence!!
This tip will be of the utmost value to any indie artist looking to find inexpensive content creators! My Ultimate source whenever I need to produce interesting and professional looking content!!
Photos: There comes a point when as artist we will require photos and illustrations to use in our works of art. If you just google images and use for anything other than personal use it could mean trouble. So finding sources of royalty free images are essential.
First up is Pexels: Pexels includes a large library of high quality art and photos that can be used in videos and commercial projects with no worry of any copyright implications. There is a huge assortment of photos that are completely free!! And who doesn't like FREE!
Now Shutterstock: Shutterstock is arguably the best resource for finding anything under the sun! From music tracks, vectors (photoshop templates), and illustrations you will definitely find what you need here. But what goes with the best also comes with a price!!!
Royalty free Video content
From B-Roll, to 4K, and slow-mo clips to use in videos or other creative content you may making I have two more sources that are of great use.
Videvo is a great start for anyone looking for free royalty exempt footage. Everything mentioned above and more can be found here for the taking.
Videoblocks is arguably the best resource for finding anything under the sun in regard to video footage! They are to video what shutterstock is to photos! Huge library of content to choose from but with a Fee. They have multi-tier plans on their site to get access to the whole library so budget what you need and milk it for everything its worth. Get a hard drive and start saving!!
Please note that none of the tips above have sponsored any of this information. This is the legit ways I get everything I need done! You can see the results yourself throughout the website!