Just because you bought a music CD or mp3 does NOT give you the right to add that music to your video. You must use royalty free music for videos – unless you don’t mind breaking the law.
Breaking the law means that you have to pay any penalties involved. These could be minor fines or just refused the option to monetize your video, all the way to major fines and the shutting down of your video channel. There’s also the possibility that the video will stay up, but the music owners will get any profit made from that video. I don’t know about you, but if there’s money to be made from one of my videos – I want it to come to me! Be aware that you might be able to fly under the radar for a while – or see someone else that does – but do you really want to risk it?
Royalty-free, or RF, refers to the right to use copyrighted material or intellectual property without the need to pay royalties for each use or per volume sold, or some time period of use or sales. source: Wikipedia
Where do you get music for video blogs?
If you’re musical you can create your own. Before panicking – think about the fact that you only really need 5-7 seconds at the beginning and the end. You truly have to create your own unless the written music is old enough to be past the copyright. Sheet music has copyrights too!
The next best thing might be to have a musical friend that will create something for you; or contact a music group and get permission to use their music. There’s lots of new artists that would love the publicity.
Check your editing software first. They often include music tracks just for you to add to your videos. They really do try to make it easy to edit; they really do want you to use their software.
Caution: When editing in YouTube – read the small print. If you use the music they offer you are not allowed to monetize your video.
If there’s nothing there that you want to use, or if you’ve used them till you’re sick of them there are other places to get royalty free music. They can range in price from free to $30 and more. You can get a lot of use out of one music track by cutting it up and using bits and pieces. More on that in another post.
Royalty Free Music
You can do a general search for royalty free music and get lots of results! Here’s some cheaper ones I’ve found.
- incompetech.com– free with credit
- danosongs.com– free with credit
- The Internet Archive– has music and even movie clips in public domain, but it does take a bit of digging.
- jewelbeat.com– 99 cents
- partnersinrhyme.comcom– has free and a wide range of paid tracks
- A list of free royalty free music sites on seabreezecomputers.com
- stonewashed.net– also has a list of free music
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Best wishes to you as you make video blogs! Knowing where to find music for videos is only half the battle. Music used properly can truly add to your vlog.