Using Royalty Free Music
Copyright holders, together with YouTube, have, over the past couple of years, been cracking down on individuals utilizing copyrighted music without any permission. Tributes & covers of songs have been “riding the fence” of all legality, whereby the artists gives the necessary credit to the composer/lyricist involved as well as adds a disclaimer in their video description that says “this isn’t work, I don’t have the rights to this music,” and they are usually left alone.
Music is an important component of any video. It plays a role of engaging your target audience through emphasizing the energy and mood of your video project. As much as a hit song may be perfect for your video, it doesn’t mean that you can use it. Mostly, you don’t have the right.
What kind of music can you use in your videos? Majority of commercial music is protected under copyright and in the last decade, YouTube has put a system in place that can analyze and flag users who have infringed upon such rights. YouTube’s system does the referencing of the music employed t their existing database of copyright-protected music. Using their Content ID system, YouTube reports the views on your video and sends it to the copyright holder. Additionally, YouTube can even run ads over your video, mute the your video’s audio or pull down your video.
It’s possible to locate the songwriters, composers and producers of the original commercial music and get a license from them but this approach is not a simple one or a cheap process. For instance, the copyright may be under several different parties. First, the composer has the music’s compositional copyright, the artist owns its performance copyright and recording company could be having the track’s sound recording copyright. Generally, to acquire a … Read More...