Copyright holders, as well as YouTube, have been cracking down on individuals utilizing copyrighted music without permission over the last couple of years. 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 plays a role of engaging your target audience through emphasizing the energy and mood of your video project. But although a hit tune may be ideal for your video, it doesn’t mean that you are free to utilize it. Mostly, 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 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 to the copyright holder. YouTube may even mute your video’s audio, run advertisements over your video or remove your video completely.
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, 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. To get a license from all those parties, you might be required to pay a huge fee for the music. However, there is an affordable option to that time-consuming and costly 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, 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. 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.