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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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Free Instrumental Music

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posted on 12/12/2013

While we don’t provide free instrumental music without charge, we do provide a huge selection of royalty free instrumental music for immediate download and license. This means you can grab any of our music tracks and pay a one-time, single license fee to use that with your project. Whether you need music for YouTube, or a corporate video project, you’ll find the right track from our royalty free instrumental music collection. Sample one of our favourite tracks below:

Royalty free instrumental music is important for projects such as YouTube videos, where you need legally cleared music for use online. If you’re producing online content to monetize via YouTube, you’ll need to license music that is royalty free, or copyright free. If you do not license copyright free instrumental music you may lose out on monetizing your content by:

  • The copyright holder of the music will receive the money from the ads placed alongside your content
  • YouTube may have an agreement with the copyright holder of the music you have used to prevent it being uploaded and you video could be removed with your account being banned.

It’s imperative you license copyright free music from Beatsuite.com to ensure you can exploit the content you have created, without restriction. Read more on related subjects, including:

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Google Scrapping Unskippable YouTube Ads

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posted on 22/02/2017

Google has announced it will be scrapping the 30 second ads you sometimes can't skip before playing a YouTube video. However, the move won't come into effect until 2018.

A spokesperson told BBC News:

"We've decided to stop supporting 30-second unskippable ads as of 2018 and focus instead on formats that work well for both users and advertisers."

There's currently two ways to avoid pre-roll ads on YouTube. You can subscribe to the Premium 'YouTube Red' service, which delivers an ad-free version of the platform for $10.00 per month, or use a browser based 'Ad-Block' plugin. However, many YouTube audiences access their content from mobile devices, smart TVs and home entertainment systems like games consoles which don't have any facility to skip ads.

The shorter ads and those that can be skipped after 5 seconds will still remain.

The move comes after a survey revealed many users felt the ads disrupted their experience of the platform so it's good to hear Google is listening to those that are supporting their platform.

The pre-roll ads are an important part of YouTube's revenue and users who create content for monetisation use this as a source of income for their channel. It's useful to note that any user creating content with the intention of monetising their content from such ads, needs to license royalty free music to ensure the revenue from any pre-roll ads goes to them. You can read more on licensing music correctly for YouTube here.

How will this affect the number of ads shown and potential revenue to content creators? We'll have to wait and see. One approach could be to better refine the ads shown and quality of ads. I'm sure there's been the odd advert you haven't skipped because it genuinely appealed to you...

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Guillermo del Toro teams up with YouTube for Halloween Short Movies Competition

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posted on 02/09/2014

Movie director, producer and writer Guillermo del Toro and production company Legendary Pictures have teamed up with YouTube for an exciting Halloween Short Film competition offering help and advice to elligble YouTube channel owners/content creators.

In collaboration with YouTube spaces, individuals with channels on YouTube with at least 10,000 subscribers, who are part of the YouTube Partner Program, will get to film in the production facilities and use its cameras and editing equipment for free.

YouTube Spaces currently exist in Los Angeles, London and Tokyo, with a location in New York City about to open in November. The Halloween event will still utilize that space, and give creators a sneak peek at the production facility before the official opening date.

All of the sets are inspired by various del Toro movies so you can expect some creepy, gothic and alternative set designs/props. Remember, this guy did Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy, The Devil's Backbone and Don't be Afraid of the dark.

If you're looking to work on your own horror movie short this Halloween, we've got a great collection of royalty free horror music for you to sink your teeth into, including our Mystery, Tense and Suspense music.

When does it kick off? 22nd September 2014

When does it finish? 27th October 2014

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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 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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Why It's Pointless To Use Free Music In Your Content

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posted on 11/07/2013

The Internet is full of lists and articles detailing where YouTube content creators can find and download music. And, unlike my recent article about Illegal Music Downloads these are infact legitimate resources offering free music under various funky license names. So with that said, is there no place in the modern world for a professional production music library?

The simple answer is no.

I've already discussed the disadvantages of free music, such as the poor production quality, and legality of the distribution rights, but what about those guys who are producing music for anyone to use, for free? Surely there's no downside to that.

Well, yes there is. For you.

With easy access to software to produce funky YouTube slideshows and videos, any home user can take to their Mac or PC and produce a short video about their topic of choice, such as their top 10 Sci-Fi movies, or 10 reasons not to drink Coca-Cola etc. Whack in a few photos and find some quirky music and hey presto you've got a neat little YouTube video with an interesting topic that may generate a few thousand views. Sign yourself up to the Ad-Share program and each view you get could generate you some cash on the side for your YouTube video. Great!

So what about that guy who created the music track to make your video cool and quirky. What does he get? You got the music track free so you don't owe him anything. That's true... to some extent.

However, when you publish your video with YouTube and you're enrolled into the Ad-Share scheme you'll receive a delightful message from YouTube letting you know it's ID copyright system has matched the music track you used to an owner on its database. That's right, the bloke who made it. That friendly guy who said "hey take my music, I made it for you, to use, for free."

Guess who's gonna make all the money back from YOUR video on YouTube...

That's right! Oh, and you can't remove the ads to prevent the money being paid out, because if you've used someone else's music in your video, YouTube makes it mandatory to display advertising alongside YOUR video.

Talk about a kick in the teeth!

So you've chosen your music track, you've sourced your information and images and produced your video to create something that would gain a little momentum, prove popular and make some money back for you for its entertainment value. All that time, effort and creativity becomes wasted because the music you used for free, and legally is owned by someone else and they're collecting on its use.

Can't help but feel like a waste of time...

There is a solution. License a piece of professional royalty free music. Pay a one-time fee that grants you a license to use the music in your YouTube videos forever with no adverts and no copyright claims against your content. You can even use the music track in as many videos as you want.

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YouTube Copyright Match ID System Still Broken

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YouTube Is Broken posted on 05/06/2014

There’s nothing more compelling than firsthand experience to remind you that things don’t really change, despite promises and reassurances. While there’s additional revenue to be sought from online content, 3rd party copyright claimants will flag your content and attempt to claim copyright using YouTube’s flawed music recognition system.

Whilst gearing up for the coming World Cup 2014 tournament in Brazil, we took to YouTube to share some of our favourite tunes. Upon posting our content, one piece was immediately incorrectly flagged to be something else, and therefore matched 3rd party copyright.

In this scenario, we immediately dispute the claim and contact the claimant directly. We also follow this procedure on behalf of any client licensing music from our library if they ever encounter such a claim. However, during this process, any content creators looking to monetize their content will notice they can no longer generate revenue from their content during the dispute, and those who are not enrolled in any monetization scheme may notice 3rd party adverts that could prove detrimental to their content’s aim or objective.

The dispute process is still long-winded, slow and treats the user as the criminal, in the wrong with the threat of their account being terminated if their dispute is wrong. When the dispute process is eventually filed through tick-boxes and statements, the review and possible lift of the claim can take anywhere from days, to weeks to be resolved.

It seems wrong that YouTube is treating its primary content producers in this manner. After all, the video platform is built on user-submitted content but now seems more focussed on delivering pre-roll ads and pop up ads rather than quality content.

Until recently, high quality content producers flocked to alternative video sharing platform, Vimeo to host their content without concern for an automated and broken copyright flagging system. However, recent news that Vimeo has adopted its own copyright match ID system means content Vimeo users could also experience the same headache.

We've also written several other articles to keep you informed about how to use music in your YouTube content, and stay ahead of copyright strikes:

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

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YouTube False Copyright ID Claims by Third Parties

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posted on 21/11/2013

All music licensed from Beatsuite.com is cleared for use online and licensed to you, the client by our library. It has come to our attention in recent weeks that several third party companies and organisations have lay claim to music used in videos online. Organisations such as Believe Digital have claimed they own the copyright to a specific music track licensed by our library. The resulting claim can lead to one or more of the following circumstances:

  • The content is blocked and removed from YouTube
  • The content is allowed, but adverts are placed on top of and alongside your video
  • Earnings for monetized content is passed straight to the claimant and Adsense users no longer receive earnings for their content.
  • Content creators are banned from uploading further content to YouTube and their channel is deleted.

This has affected many YouTube content producers who create content, license music and publish online either for corporate presentation online, or as a way to generate revenue from highly consumable content.

Unfortunately, the automated content ID system implemented by YouTube and used by third party companies is causing erroneous and false claims on content using music licensed legally by production music libraries. This causes fear and doubt by content creators that they have paid for something they cannot use, and do not wish to face legal action of copyrighted content.

We have corresponded with several production music libraries to identify and address third party copyright claims to retract their claim and in all cases, neither the client nor music library is at fault. We work closely with our composers and clients to ensure the music we license to you, is copyright free, and fully cleared to use online.

If you encounter any copyright ID claims on music licensed from our library, you need to contest this claim via YouTube to alert their system this is a false claim. This can be quick and easy. However, in some cases, third party claimants like Believe Digital have such a backlog of copyright disputes, they don’t review the claim and instead, content creators are left with content they cannot monetize, or even publish online.

This is wrong, and unfair.

Contact us with details of the copyright claim, providing as much information as you can, and a screenshot of the warning page and we’ll work for you to contact those responsible.

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YouTube Improving Music Copyright Content ID System

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youtube_content_id_header posted on 20/03/2014

YouTube has openly addressed the issues surrounding its hugely floored copyright content ID system to reassure content creators that measures are being made to ensure fewer errors are made.

When their new content ID matching system was brought in late last year, thousands of videos and clips were disappearing from the platform due to copyright content claims by third parties over content, in particular music, being used in videos and matched as owned by someone else. This spawned several major problems:

1. Users were being told their content featured copyright content and it was flagged or removed entirely

2. Content creators could no longer earn AdRevenue from their content due to the claim against their video, so even if still live, the user made no money from it

3. False claims came into place whereby copyright claims were being made by organisations and rights holders who had no actual claim to the music

4. The dispute process to resolve the issue/claim was pointless and took longer than ever so even if users had correctly licensed music from a reputable source, it could take weeks to have the flag/strike against them, removed

As a royalty free music library, Beatsuite.com specialises in licensing copyright free music for YouTube content, and any claim that was made against our client’s music use was immediately quashed.

YouTube has now sent a letter to its members addressing the issues and concerns relating to its copyright content ID system, stating it’s aware of the failings and plans to offer a much improved service. One area of focus would be to insure copyright claimants claim correctly, and not on content they do not actually own:

“We’ve been working with them to help them clarify who owns what, for example in game soundtracks, so we can disable any outdated Content ID references. We are also requiring certain rights-holders to perform in-depth audits of their references before they can make any new claims.”

Which makes sense to deter claims on content by claimants who don’t actually have a right to claim against it, while penalising the content creator in the process for something they may not be at fault for.

This of course doesn’t change the rules of using music for YouTube. Users will still need to acquire copyright free, or royalty free music for their projects to ensure no claims are made against them.

Overall, this is YouTube acknowledging the recent farce relating to their copyright content ID system and addressing key issues for their content providers, and hopefully offering a much more transparent and reliable service, rather than penalising everyone first and leaving them to sort out the mess. You can view the full letter YouTube sent out, here.

If you have licensed music from our library and had a claim made against your content on YouTube, contact us immediately and we will pursue this for you.

Further reading on this subject can be seen at:

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