Videos are being taken down all the time for copyright infringement. Copyright infringement basically means that you’re not allowed to use anything in your videos that you didn’t actually create yourself; not without the permission of the copyright owners. Now that kind of sucks for a lot of people who just want to make videos for fun and put in some background music because that is how to make videos cool, and then they find that the copyright owner doesn’t like those videos and doesn’t want them using their material and so they file a DMCA Complaint against it and pop! Gone!
What can you do about it? Well...One thing you can do about it is to make sure that you have permission of the copyright owner before you upload the video. There is only one problem with that, a lot of copyright owners are either not going to give you any permission at all, or they say, “Yeah, you can have permission as long as you give us $2000”, which is kind of steep. I mean seriously, you know, that’s a lot of money and some of them really do want that amount of money. I don’t know about you, but I really can’t afford it. I mean, yeah, I’m a partner, I can monetize from my videos and I do make some money off them, but not that much.
So what are we going to do? Surely it’s free advertising! Yeah … maybe, but apparently the record labels don’t always agree, and don’t always want your advertising. And when you think about it … why should they? If you’re going to use something that’s already been in the top 20, why do they want your advertising? So the obvious way to go about it...is (big secret)...look out for bands and artists that actually would like to have your advertising, or at least don’t mind you putting their music on your videos.
Generally speaking, these are relatively unknown artists. People that are actually really-really talented, but they just don’t have the same kind of exposure as the big names we’ve heard of already. They’re the ones that deserve the free advertising! They’re the ones that deserve your free support, so why not give it to them?
Two ways of going about this:
Number 1: Get a life. Go out there, go round to the pubs and clubs, and look and see who is playing in your area. All the little bands doing all the little pubs and clubs and bars and getting ripped off by managers and so on, and just making music for the sheer fun of it, and approach them and ask them, “Hey, you know, I make YouTube videos, and I really like the sound of your music and I think it would really go with some of my videos.” And you never know, they might say, “Yeah, by all means!”
Number 2: There’s plenty of music on the web. It’s full of it, and it’s legal to use. This particular piece...[Music plays]...I found this on a website called ccMixter.org and that website is full of music that you can use legally for free. It’s all under the Creative Commons License. Make sure you read the small print. Make sure you understand the conditions under which it applies, but basically a lot of the stuff, most of the stuff, in fact, all of the stuff, you can use with some restrictions in some cases. There are many other websites that you can find music that’s free for you to use; or if not completely free, then at least very cheap.
And in case you missed them, the links are over there. Well, they are, you know, if you’re actually watching this on the YouTube site. And that is how to avoid copyright infringement.
Copyright infringement of music in videos on the internet is becoming a very common thing on such websites as YouTube. Musicians and other artists are becoming more diligent in the fight to protect their music from unauthorized use. The unapproved use of another's music or other form of artwork for reproduction is against the law, and therefore, it is advisable to contact the copyright owner for permission. For additional information about copyrights and/or copyright infringement, contact a copyright attorney who can help you with any questions or guide you through such copyright issues.