How to use music when creating YouTube videos

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We received an interesting explanatory video from the Youtube service about the use of music in the most popular video users uploaded to the service.

So, today we are talking about the problems that video makers face from time to time: How to find music for your video on YouTube?

Copyright can confuse most of us, and if you’ve tried using music in your video before, you may have encountered a complaint from moderation or copyright protection. You don’t have to worry. In most cases, you can solve the problem.

I will tell you how it works, and we will also talk about various features that you can also use.

Why can’t you just take any song, insert it into your video and upload it to YouTube?

Because the artists who write and perform a piece of music, and the companies they work with, own the copyrights to those works, and the related rights to perform and record those works. It means that they have the right to control how others use their music. One source of income for musicians is licensing music to those who want to use it. Sometimes it is easy enough to license music from the right owners, but not always. And there is no guarantee that you can get a license.

So YouTube has created a built-in Audio Library to help you with finding music and gain YouTube views, and you can also use for your videos for free. It means that you can even monetize videos that will include any of these songs.

The Audio Library includes free sound effects that you can also use. They are constantly adding news to the library so that there is a lot of different content.

Quite a lot of other music is available online, so, for example, there are royalty-free libraries on other services (such as TakeTones), which allow you to select the current license of the music to create your own videos. Before making purchases in such libraries, read the terms of use very carefully. The licensing terms may vary, and although they are called “royalty free”, you may still encounter a complaint from moderation or copyright protection in case of improper use.

You may also be surprised to receive a complaint about music you have created and played yourself. The fact is that you can release music through a label or distributor, and they have already claimed their rights to your music and Content ID will be busy. Or they can work with a third party to make complaints about videos from YouTube that use their works. Check with your distributor on the terms and conditions of your deal and how you can avoid complaints and resolve problems with your claims.

If you perform cover versions of songs, you can share your earnings from watching your video with the songwriter.

A special YouTube Music Policy Directory page will show you the rules set by the owners of many popular and non-popular works.

For example, some videos may not be available in certain countries if they use certain music. The solution may be different if the video contains a particular track or if you cover it. But keep in mind that the information in this guide is not the license itself, and this is not a guarantee: the rights holder can change the terms  at any time.

There are a couple of other things you should know about music on YouTube.

Are you thinking of publishing your favorite video game moments? You may encounter a complaint of Content ID, both for the game you play and for the background music in it. Check the conditions of the manufacturers of this game to download the gameplay on their website and try to dim the music during the game.

You should also check the YouTube directory or muffle the sound in your video if the music got into it accidentally (for example, if the radio is playing in the background of your car video) even if it is very short and in poor quality.

In some cases, when your video receives a Content ID complaint about a music track, you can remove the music and then the restriction or prohibition will be removed. You can also replace your soundtrack with any track from the YouTube audio library.

And if you create your own music, be careful with samples of other songs, because they also have a right holder. If you want to learn more about how licensing works, you might want to talk to a good lawyer.

Your local bar association may provide a service at no or low cost where you can consult with a lawyer. If you are in the United States, California Lawyers for Arts may provide this service.

I hope I helped you  to understand what to do next time you upload a video of a piece of music included in it.

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