Using Royalty Free Music for Your YouTube Videos
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 seem to have been “riding the fence” of all legality, whereby the artists gives due credit to the composer/lyricist concerned and puts a disclaimer in their video description that says “this isn’t work, I don’t own the rights to this music,” and they are normally left alone.
Music is an important part of 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. This is because you don’t have the right to that music in most cases.
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 does the referencing of the music employed t 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.
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 performer owns its performance copyright and recording company may have the track’s sound recording copyright. Generally, to acquire a license from those parties, you might have to pay a huge fee for the music you want to use in your video. However, there is an affordable option to that time-consuming and costly process.
Have a look at the YouTube Center, which is a website giving explanations on the restrictions of utilizing copyrighted music in online video content.
Royalty free music, also known as stock music for YouTube is the perfect quick, affordable and of course legal option to the expensive commercial or custom music license options. After acquiring a license for royalty free music, the licensee doesn’t need to pay any extra charges to use that track and is also free to use it in as many projects as they may wish 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.