In the FAQ we cover the frequently asked questions. Should you not be able to answer your question, you can reach us at @starfrosch or by email.

Licensing and reuse
Yes. Free to download and free to reuse according to the Creative Commons License.
The Creative Commons license is modular. Most of the music can be modified, but for videos, games, podcasts you are creating a derivative. Avoid the Extended charts that also feature -ND- NoDerivatives license and you’re perfectly legal.
Most of the music can be licensed for commercial use. Avoid the Extended Charts, which also features -NC- non commercial tracks.
All music can be legally, downloaded for private usage. If you want to share or reuse the music, make yourself familiar with the modular Creative Commons license.

You can use the Royalty Free Music in YouTube videos, Twitch videos or your multimedia projects as long as you respect the Creative Commons Licenses.

Please use proper attribution/credits, when you reuse a track. You can use the red “Copy Credits” button on every tracks detail page.

BY: Attribute the Artist
NC: Non Commercial Usage only
ND: No Derviates
SA: Share Alike under the Creative Commons license

You can find detailed explanations on every details page on the #hot111 charts. Please read the terms closely.

On every details page (click the song title) of the #hot111 charts you will find a red “Copy Credits” button. Click it and the proper credits will be copied to your clipboard. Use CTRL-V (Mac: CMD-V) to paste it. When you use a track, paste it into the description of your work.
A Creative Commons (CC) license is one of several public copyright licenses that enable the free distribution of an otherwise copyrighted work. A CC license is used when an author wants to give people the right to share, use, and build upon a work that they have created.

The CC licenses are modular.

Creators choose a set of conditions they wish to apply to their work.

Attribution Attribution (by)

All CC licenses require that others who use your work in any way must give you credit the way you request, but not in a way that suggests you endorse them or their use. If they want to use your work without giving you credit or for endorsement purposes, they must get your permission first.

ShareAlike ShareAlike (sa)

You let others copy, distribute, display, perform, and modify your work, as long as they distribute any modified work on the same terms. If they want to distribute modified works under other terms, they must get your permission first.

NonCommercial NonCommercial (nc)

You let others copy, distribute, display, perform, and (unless you have chosen NoDerivatives) modify and use your work for any purpose other than commercially unless they get your permission first.

NoDerivatives NoDerivatives (nd)

You let others copy, distribute, display and perform only original copies of your work. If they want to modify your work, they must get your permission first.

The Creative Commons license is valid worldwide for every medium.
That’s the trickiest part. As a rule of thumb, if you or someone else don’t makes money with your work, it is non commercial. If you are in doubt, avoid the NonCommercial NC license.
Yes. By definition all Creative Commons licensed music is royalty free.
Not really. As long as you use a Creative Commons license, we will respect the Creative Commons license you gave us. Just remember: A Creative Commons license is not revocable.

If your track has been illegally shared, contact us, we will react asap.

We believe that free music spreads better. We’re helping the Creative Commons artists to get more attention by sharing their work. You can share too. That’s viral.
starfrosch is a younitec AG, Switzerland project. The project is coordinated by Markus Koller and occasionally aided with some volunteers. We’re partly financed by your donations and run by uncounted hours of free work.
No. The artist does. We only aggregate and communicate the most popular Creative Commons music, we never give you a license, the artist always does.
Thanks for that. You can help us with a small donation. We’re also looking for skilled bloggers, social media cracks, video producers or programmers (LEMP). Contact us, we would like to talk to you.
Hotrankยฎ (PDF) is a kind of magic.
Hotrank is the way we calculate the popularity for the #hot111 charts.

At the moment it is influenced by downloads, streams, favorites, the published date, Facebook shares and likes, Last.fm plays, Last.fm listeners, YouTube plays and YouTube favorites.

Short: It beats the shit out of the internet.

Upload your music to SoundCloud, Jamendo, Free Music Archive or Archive.org, make it available for download and license it under Creative Commons. Our bot will find it and publish it on the charts. The other possibility is to donate and boost your track.
Here are some reasons:
It’s not Creative Commons licensed.
It’s not downloadable.
It’s not popular enough.
It’s too old.
You cheated with the stats.
The API’s had some glitch.
Shit happens.
We do not store the tracks on our servers. We embed or hotlink the tracks from the different platforms. Keep in mind, we only have metadata like Google. If you want to takedown a track, ask the platform, where we get the track from (like SoundCloud, Jamendo, Free Music Archive).

For further information about the Creative Commons license, please visit the CC FAQ.