Copyright holders and YouTube have been cracking down on those utilizing copyrighted music without permission for years now. 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 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. 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 is capable of analyzing and flagging users who infringe those 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. 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. In general, so as to acquire a license from those parties, you might wind up paying a huge fee for the music to be used in your video. However, there is a cheaper alternative to that expensive and time-consuming 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 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. Furthermore music libraries permit the creators of content to monetize the videos containing their music. This is critical for the well-known creators who rely on the ad income that their channels produce. Many YouTube content creators rely on stock music as an easy way of obtaining high-quality music for their creative work.