Utilizing Royalty Free Music for YouTube Videos
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, clearly, happen to have been “riding the fence” of all legality, in which the artists gives the due credit to the composer/lyricist in question and puts a disclaimer in their own video description that states “this isn’t work, I don’t have the rights to this music,” and they normally get left alone, more or less.
Music is an important part of any video. It plays a role of engaging your target audience through emphasizing the energy and mood of your video project. 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 sort of music will you utilize in your own 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. 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. 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. But there is a cheaper alternative that you can use.
Go through the YouTube Center, which is a website that explains the restrictions pertaining to the use of 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 getting the license for royalty free music, the licensee doesn’t need to pay any other charges to use that track and is also free to use it in as many project as one needs 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.