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 an important component of 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. Actually, in most of the cases, you don’t have the right.
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 their Content ID system, YouTube reports the views on your video and sends it 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. As an example, this copyright may fall under several different parties. First, the composer has the music’s compositional copyright, the artist owns its performance copyright and recording company could be having 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. 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. 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. Furthermore music libraries permit the creators of content to monetize the videos containing their music. This is very important for famous creators who are dependent on the ad income that their channels make. Many YouTube content creators rely on stock music as an easy way of obtaining high-quality music for their creative work.