I want to create a piece of software which can recognize a song from a sound recording, in which the user of the software has sung or hummed a part of the song that he/she remembers, so kind of like SoundHound. For that, I need access to the songs that it should be able to recognize, since

  1. It should be able to match the recorder sound with the song, and
  2. It needs to train a model on the songs since it is machine learning based.

Can I get the access I need to basically any famous song (which the software should be able to recognize) for free or do I need to pay money for such access? How does the licensing of the songs affect this?

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    this unanswered question is pretty similar opendata.stackexchange.com/q/3610/1511 – philshem Dec 3 '18 at 9:19
  • this sounds more like a licensing question, so maybe better off asking at open source se. – albert Dec 4 '18 at 20:34
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    @albert Sure, it is a licensing question as well, but one part of the problem is knowing where you can get the data from. But I can of course always ask the question there too. – HelloGoodbye Dec 5 '18 at 0:18

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