Using Royalty Free Music
Copyright holders and YouTube have been cracking down on those utilizing copyrighted music without permission for years now. 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. But although a hit tune may be ideal for your video, it doesn’t mean that you are free to utilize it. This is because you don’t have the right to that music in most cases.
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 this Content ID system, YouTube reports the views on your video and sends it right back to the copyright holder. YouTube may even mute your video’s audio, run advertisements over your video or remove your video completely.
You can find the composers, songwriters, and producers of the original commercial music to obtain a license but this approach is neither easy nor a cheap process. As an example, this copyright may fall 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. 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. But there is a cheaper alternative that you can use.
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 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.