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10 Myths and Misconceptions about using music in YouTube videos

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youtube_banner posted on 19/03/2014

Today’s inspired generation is creating content via their webcam, mobile phone and media streaming devices to deliver their own unique content for broadcast online. However, one stumbling block that continually seems to trip up the masses is the issue of music copyright.

This article provides further information on common myths and misconceptions relating to music copyright to provide education, advice and solutions for those who need/want to use music in their content.



1. As long as you credit the creator/source of music online, you’re free to use it how you wish.



WRONG

This has never been the case and was only loosely used before the days of copyright ID matching to claim defence that the user was not intentionally claiming the music as their own. Crediting the music creator/owner does not grant you automatic clearance to use their music for your own project.




2. I asked for permission to use their music, therefore I can use it freely



WRONG

This depends on the content and publisher. You may have asked someone involved in a band or group if you can use their music in your content, and they’ve said yes as it provides additional publicity and exposure. However, if that band is signed with a label, chances are their publisher will not allow any other commercial use without a ‘sync fee’ or royalties and if you post it to YouTube they’ll claim copyright ownership and your content is flagged and/or removed.




3. I acquired the music from a free music resource online, so it’s free to use



WRONG

There are so many reasons why using ‘free music’ is a bad idea. You have to consider logically why someone would take the time to create a music track for it to be given away free. I’ve already written an article on using free music here. The two main factors concerning free music are:

  • Who is distributing the music, how do you know they’re legally covered to offer the music and what evidence is provided alongside the music to cover you?
  • If it’s genuinely free, what’s the catch? Most likely, the catch is the owner of the music is signed up with YouTube to earn AdShare Revenue on any content that uses their music, which means you get third party ads played before and alongside your video content and, if you’re enrolled as a partner to monetize your content, guess who gets all the advertising revenue? The owner of the free music ID matched in your video!



4. I’m using a classical piece of music, like Beethoven, Mozart or Chopin. It’s out of copyright and I’m free to use it



WRONG

It’s true, many classical music works are out of copyright, which means you can get an orchestra together and perform the symphony, concerto or whatever classical piece you wish. But you can’t use other people’s recordings! A common misconception with classical music is you can use any recording of a classical piece. This is not true. Whoever owns the recording of that piece of music, owns the copyright. The actual sheet music itself may be out of copyright due to the period of time after the composer’s death, but this only permits re-recording, or re-performance of the music. Those who record and produce a physical recording own that recording.

So, getting back to the original scenario, if you’d like to hire an orchestra and a conductor to perform any classical music piece that’s out of copyright, you can legally make a recording of this and use it in your content… or license it from someone else such as Beatsuite.com Symphonic Orchestra, who performed and recorded many classical works to make them available for licensing.




5. Copyright Free Music means you don’t have to pay to use it



WRONG

Copyright Right Free music is available to license for use in your projects without copyright being claimed against you. Put simply, it is music created for the sole purpose of licensing to the end user (you) for use in your project for an agreed fee. We produce copyright free music for YouTube videos so users can license affordable music to use in their content without running into copyright issues with YouTube’s ID system. What’s more, if anyone claims copyright to the music in your video, licensed from Beatsuite.com we will vigorously defend you and have the claim quashed.




6. Royalty Free Music is free music



WRONG

The clue is in the title. Royalty free music is music that can be licensed, free of royalties. There are countless articles and detailed explanations both in our article: What Is Royalty Free Music and on Wikipedia.

In summary, before royalty free music existed, any music used commercially would be subject to ‘royalties’ being owed to artists and composers of the music. Royalty Free Music Libraries like Beatsuite.com now exist to provide affordable music licensing for small and large projects.

Content creators can license any royalty free music track for a fraction of the cost to use a commercial piece of music, which then gives them a license to use that track legally, and without fear of copyright infringement.




7. I bought a commercial music CD, I can use it as background music



WRONG

By law, when you purchase a music CD, or a download via iTunes or similar digital platform you’re granted the rights to listen to the music for personal use only. That’s it. You can’t perform it publically without a public performance license, and you can’t use it in any content you produce. You can purchase a sync fee from the publisher to use a commercial piece of music, but this will cost tens of thousands of pounds/dollars.




8. Using the music in a personal/none-profit/none-commercial/charitable project is free



WRONG

The intended use of your project has no bearing on your permitted usage of a commercial music track. You cannot use another artist’s music for free in your own content no matter what you are producing. Aside from potential lost revenue, you may be using music from an artist to support your video that strongly disagrees with that artist’s political, personal or morale views. Only by licensing royalty free music from a library like Beatsuite.com, can you be fully covered to use music in your project.




9. The owner of the music recording is dead, therefore it’s public domain and free to use



WRONG

General copyright laws exist in the UK and USA to protect the intellectual property of a recording until 70 years after the owner’s death, usually with rights residing with either family members or music publisher. For a list of countries and their copyright periods, click here. In some cases, publishers, record labels and family can request an extension to the copyright period. More information on intellectual property in the UK can be found on Intellectual Property Office website.




10. Public Domain Music is free to use



WRONG

Similar to classical music, the music itself i.e. sheet music/composition is in the public domain to perform and record, but the recording itself may be subject to copyright by the owner of the recording. For example, PD Info is a website that provides information on Public Domain songs. Here, you can view what songs are in the public domain for you to sing, perform, record etc. However, anyone who performs and records a public domain song owns the copyright to their recording. For example, we performed and created recordings of popular Christmas Music that was in the public domain and offer them to end users to license for use in their projects.

Beatsuite.com Music Library provides hassle-free, cost effective royalty free music licensing for use in any project. Our Standard License covers a huge range uses, from personal to corporate. You can license and download any music track instantly, providing users and content creators with an invaluable resource of copyright free music at your finger tips.

Want help finding the perfect music track? Have further queries about licensing? Contact Us for immediate help and advice. View more useful articles on music licensing below.

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Beatsuite.com's Music License Tool Is Music To The Ears

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Beatsuite.com Launches V2 posted on 14/04/2011

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Production music library Beatsuite.com has unveiled the second generation of its award winning music licensing tool after more than three years in development and pre-production. Click 'Read More' for full story.

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Client Work - Key Anchor

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posted on 18/07/2017

We love to see our music being used in new projects, and this music track is the perfect fit for this new and innovative Kickstarter Campaign for the Key Anchor. Go check 'em out here.

Do you need music for your Kickstart Campaign video? Give us a shout for help and we'll find you the perfect music track for your project. Remember, you need to license music for use in Kickstarter or any other crowdfunding videos otherwise you risk your video being taken down. Find out more.

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Client Work - Stream Ltd

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posted on 13/09/2016

We love the choice of music for our client Steam Ltd's online showreel. Laid back, cool and quirky and really represents the wide range of projects they've worked on.

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Music for Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, Crowdfunder Projects

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Music for Kickstarter Videos posted on 11/07/2014

Every Kickstarter project needs an opening video for those behind an idea to communicate their project to potential backers. It can be a simple talking head, proof of concept or a fully fledged campaign drive to show off just what the project is all about.

To accompany your Kickstarter video, you’ll need music. If you’re kicking off a new professional venture, the last thing you want is to run the risk of copyright infringement on commercial music. There’s a variety of ways to access music to use in your Kickstarter video.

Find free music online

There is music online available for free, but do you know where it came from and who owns the rights to this music? Unless you definitively know the supplier/source and clearance of the music your video could be flagged and removed at any time so it’s not worth the risk. Read more on why it’s a bad idea to source ‘free music’ here.

Use free music from the YouTube library

YouTube recently launched a limited, but free library of music to choose from for users to add music to their videos that won’t be flagged with copyright strikes. The condition of use is that adverts will be displayed alongside your content, and even before/during the video, which isn’t ideal if they’re potentially competitor products/services being promoted in front of your project.

What’s the best solution?

License Royalty Free Music

Beatsuite.com is a royalty free production music library specializing in copyright free music licensing for use in Kickstarter and IndieGoGo videos. Our Standard License permits the use of any music track in our library for a fixed fee that lasts in perpetuity. This means you can put the music with your video on Kickstarter/IndieGoGo, and distribute it online across any video platform such as YouTube and Vimeo without the worry of copyright infringement, flags or advertising.

We have thousands of royalty free music tracks across a range of exciting categories and themes that will give your Kickstarter | IndieGoGo | Crowdfunder video the lift it needs to communicate your message to backers and supporters.

Each music track can be previewed and downloaded before purchase, and when you’ve decided on a music track, simply add to basket and checkout. You’ll receive a download email instantly after purchase.

Browse our royalty free music now!

We also offer personal music consultancy to help you find the perfect music for your Kickstarter/IndieGoGo video. We’ll hand pick selections and send you samples to review. Just let us know what you’re after.

We've also written several other articles to keep you informed and updated about music licensing to stay ahead of copyright issues:

If you found this article useful, please share it and pass on this info to others.

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Paying For High Quality Production Music

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posted on 20/05/2013

It's an interesting decision, deciding on which music library you want to pay for music. The Beat Suite Music Library is one of the higher end music libraries, never trying to compete on price, but focusing on what they do, and doing it best.

We pride our music library on featuring only quality music tracks, both in production values and musical style. We do not sign music that does pass our strict methods of review and quality control. You will find music available from cheaper bargain priced music libraries will feature tired, dated catalogues of music, with 20 or 30 music tracks per category all sounding very similar and weak in the production value of the track itself.

One factor to consider with cheaper music libraries is, in order to recover music fees in exchange for cheaper prices they will have their content massively syndicated across several large music libraries, all selling music for the $40.00 and below fee, so a customer saves money, but they receive fees from several sources which means the likelihood of a music track you've purchased, being used by several other people is greater with potential risk to a client’s branding and image.

Another important factor is when music is used on platforms such as YouTube. Our music is independent and licensed from us, to you, our client. Cheaper libraries will again try to recover music fees by registering their music tracks in the YouTube content ID system to place adverts alongside your client videos to make money each time the video is viewed online. This of course ruins the client’s image and video having an advert played before their video, or alongside it.

This is a discussion that often arises when we talk to clients and the difference between a high end production music library, and cheap online bargain bin of music tracks. This is WHY clients are willing to pay for music from The Beat Suite Music Library, and we feel it's both important and useful information to communicate to you, for consideration when deciding which music library to use.

I recently published an article featuring a video about YouTube's false copyright ID system here.

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Royalty Free Background Music - What, Why and How?

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posted on 25/11/2013

Royalty Free Background Music

Most visual media will make use of music to accompany visuals on screen, whether it be a training video shown to staff, or a corporate video online to educate and inform customers about a business. When using music in any professional project, it’s important to license music legally and make sure it is cleared for use.



Royalty Free Background Music is ideal for licensing cost effective, affordable music to use in any professional project. Royalty free music libraries like Beatsuite.com provide a standard license to use any music track in a variety of projects. See what our standard license covers below:

royalty free background music

Our standard license covers the majority of media projects outside of advertising, broadcast and mass production. Using our online license tool, you can quickly check what’s covered and if you need an extended license, you can apply this to your project.

Why do you need license royalty free background music?

While you may want to use the latest commercial music hit, or top of the charts music track you cannot legally use someone else’s music in your project without paying either a sync fee or royalties to the artist or composer. Commercial music is only made available to you to listen to for personal use.

This is why Beatsuite.com provides Royalty Free Background Music, as we’ve produced music specifically for use as background music in your professional projects that is exempt of royalties. You pay a single fee to license music to use and you can use it again and again as background music in any of your projects including royalty free music for YouTube.

Why not try our ambient royalty free background music or corporate background music.

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Royalty Free Instrumental Music – What, How and Why?

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posted on 26/11/2013

Royalty Free Instrumental Music

A simple, cost effective and practical solution for adding background music to projects such as corporate videos or any video for YouTube without infringing on copyrighted music and confusing viewers with unrelated lyrics. Check out a simple video showcasing a hotel below using a relaxing royalty free instrumental music track:

Instrumental music is music without any singing or vocals. Some instrumental music can include short vocals that make up the structure and sound of the music, but instrumental music tracks generally don’t contain any singing. When working with video projects, editors often require background music to accompany the on-screen visuals. This background music will be relative to the content and theme of the video, but not intended to distract the viewer from the content and message.

So why not use an instrumental version of a popular chart track?

It’s understandable that some popular chart music would work very well for some projects but to legally use a commercial music track, whether with or without the vocals you have to pay the artist royalties to use their intellectual property, or IP. This can be very costly, involve a lot of paperwork and recurring fees each time the content is played.

Royalty free instrumental music from Beatsuite.com is designed to provide a cost effective, practical solution for those needing high quality music with quick and easy licensing. Users can browse over 5,000 music tracks and preview each one before purchase. We stock music across a wide range of genres from corporate music to feel good pop rock.

When you license music from Beatsuite.com you pay a single fee to download and use the music, and you can reuse again and again. Our standard license covers a huge range of uses, check out our license tool below:

royalty free instrumental music

We also provide licensing for thousands of royalty free sound effects to give your projects the edge. Just like our music, you can license sound effects royalty free to use in your content.

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Royalty Free Music For YouTube - What, Why and How?

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posted on 25/11/2013

Royalty Free Music For YouTube

Everyone is making video content for YouTube, whether it’s personal content featuring friends and family, or professional brands and companies promoting their products and services online. YouTube provides an incredibly easy platform to instantly share your video content with the world. With easy access to video editing software such as iMovie, anyone can create a video, add titles and music and upload for the world to see.

Whether a personal video, or professional video if you’re going to include background music you need to ensure you license it legally. Find out more about royalty free background music here.

Royalty free music for YouTube is a quick, simple and cost-effective solution to licensing legally cleared music for use in your content. You can’t use someone else’s music in your video unless you either pay royalties, a sync fee or you accept third party copyright is owned by someone else and you content can be subject to adverts being placed alongside your video.

This may not matter if it’s a video of friends having fun but if you’re a professional company, with a brand and reputation you don’t want third party adverts promoting potentially competitive products alongside your own product videos.

Why is royalty free music for YouTube important?

You need to license legally cleared music for use in your YouTube videos to avoid:

  • Copyright infringement and removal of your content
  • Paying royalties to artists and sync fees to distributors
  • Being sued by copyright holders
  • Being banned from YouTube
  • Unable to monetize your content
  • Accepting third party adverts placed before, during and alongside your videos

Put simply, unless you have created the music yourself, you don’t have the right to use it for anything other than personal listening. That’s why Beatsuite.com has royalty free music for YouTube that is affordable and easy to access. We have over 5,000 unique music tracks available for immediate download.

Start off by sampling our corporate music or uplifting background music or jump into our latest music releases. See an example of our music used in a YouTube video.

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Vimeo Copyright ID Match

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Vimeo Copyright ID Match posted on 28/05/2014

Vimeo has adopted a Copyright ID Match similar to YouTube for matching copyrighted music and video in your content.

Vimeo undoubtedly attracted many content producers based on its high quality video encoding and no hassle approach to publishing content, which is great. It also focused on self-produced content and strongly steered users away from uploading content from TV shows, movies and games.

This led Vimeo to become a professional platform for content producers to publish high quality video and audio. In maintaining these standards, Vimeo has introduced a Copyright ID Match that has, in their words: “been lovingly crafted to flag videos that may infringe the copyrights of others before they (the videos) appear on Vimeo.”

How Will This Effect You

As a content producer, you need to ensure you have the rights to include any music or video featured in your content. Music can be acquired in a variety of ways, most common is either expressed permission from the musician/artist, or licensed as copyright free music from a royalty free music library like Beatsuite.com.

With the introduction of the Copyright ID Match, content producers may find their content being flagged by Vimeo’s automated system, in a similar style to YouTube, causing frustration, complication and lengthy appeal processes. The Copyright ID Match is in place to substitute the Vimeo team having to review each and every video individually to see if permission or license was granted to use the music/video in question.

YouTube content producers will know firsthand, the difficulties involved in submitting an appeal against their content to remove flags and get their content cleared. Vimeo has promised a “robust and friendly appeal process: so that members have an opportunity to explain why their use of a copyrighted work isn’t infringing.”

How to Ensure Your Content is Cleared

Vimeo outlines how you can appeal the Copyright ID Match here, but you need to make sure you’ve used cleared music to start with. When licensing royalty free music, or copyright free music from Beatsuite.com, you receive a license agreement that can be submitted in any Copyright ID claim/appeal. This document, along with your license receipt outlines your license to use the music track in question.

As a royalty free music library, we are not enrolled in any partnership scheme with content networks to claim copyright on music used in content published to YouTube or Vimeo. Therefore, any music track you license is fully cleared for use online via any online platform.

Music provided ‘free’ or for next to nothing from other online music libraries may be enrolled in such schemes online to gain additional revenue from advertising partnerships etc. Check out related articles on free music and more below:

Royalty free music licensed from Beatsuite.com is highly unlikely to receive any Copyright ID Matches, and in the event of any track being flagged in your content, you have all necessary documentation in your account to appeal and have it removed.

For those using music provided by artists/musicians with permission to use, it’s always good practice to get something in writing specifically stating the song and granted permission for you to use it. If the content is flagged, you can easily submit this information. Vimeo provides more information on how to get correct documentation for permission-use music here.

What about Private Videos on Vimeo

It’s good to see Vimeo understands their users, and accepts many professionals host videos in production to demo to clients before approval or licensing of music has been finalised. So at this time, the Copyright ID Match does not apply to private videos on your account for Pro and Plus holders.

In Summary

If you’re not licensing music that is cleared such as royalty free or copyright free production music then it’s going to get a little sticky for you. If you’re correctly licensing music, or have permission to use a track you may run into a flag from time to time depending on the content you’re using. But, if you obtain the necessary documentation (as provided with all music from our library) then you shouldn’t encounter any long-term issues, and appeal processes should be relatively painless.

Further info on music licensing for online videos can be found in our article; “10 Myths and Misconceptions about using music in YouTube videos” which tells you everything you need to know about using music in your content and applies to videos published on any platform.

Have a query on licensing music? Get in touch; we’re happy to provide further info. Tweet us, or join us on Facebook.

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