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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 a vital element in any video. It engages your target audience through emphasizing the energy and mood of your video. As much as a hit song may be perfect for your video, it doesn’t mean that you can use it. Actually, in most of the cases, you don’t have the right.

So what kind of music can you use in your YouTube video? Most commercial music is protected under copyright and YouTube has a system that can analyze and flag users who infringe those rights. YouTube’s system references the music used in their existing database of copyright-protected music. Using this Content ID system, YouTube reports the views on your video and sends it right back to the copyright holder. Moreover, YouTube could even mute your video’s audio, run ads over your video or remove your video.

To get a license, you can find the composers, songwriters, and producers of the original commercial music, though that is neither easy nor cheap. For instance, the copyright may be under several different parties. First off, the composer has the compositional copyright to the music, the artist owns the song’s performance copyright and recording company could also have a hand in the track’s sound recording copyright. To get a license from all those parties, you might be required to pay a huge fee for the music. However, there is a cheaper alternative to that expensive and time-consuming process.

Have a peek at the YouTube Center, which is a site that thoroughly explains the limitations of utilizing copyrighted music in video content online.

Royalty free music or stock music for YouTube is the quickest, affordable as well as legal option to the expensive commercial or custom music license alternative. On obtaining the license for royalty free music, one doesn’t have to pay any other fees to use that track and also has the freedom to use it in as many projects as wants to. Additionally, music libraries allow the creators of online content to monetize the videos having their music. This is vital for the popular creators who rely on the ad income that they make from their channels. Many YouTube content creators rely on stock music as an easy way of obtaining high-quality music for their creative work.

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