If you are creating videos for YouTube, you have two options when it comes to adding music to your creations. You can get permission to use someone else’s music, or you can create your own. While using one of your favourite artist’s music might seem appealing, there are some big drawbacks to going down this route, especially if you’re establishing yourself.
It can be expensive
Some musician’s might let you use their music free of charge if you ask them directly, but normally you will have to pay a licensing fee for it. Sites that offer royalty or copyright free music provide permission for a fee that can range from a few dollars to tens of thousands!
You could go down the route of using tracks in public sound libraries which is going to be a lot cheaper or even free in some instances. Unfortunately, you then run the risk of someone else using your sounds as well and being powerless to do anything about it!
You have to get permission
When it comes to creating a video that uses game footage, film footage or music, you have to obtain permission from whoever holds the copyright if you intend to monetize your content. With films and games this is usually quite simple as all you need to do contact the studios responsible for their creation.
With music however, it’s a bit more complicated. You could get full permission from the artist who wrote the music, but still find who have more permissions to obtain if there were other writers involved. Once you have this, you still need to gain more permission from the publishing company responsible for the music. It all gets a bit messy and takes up time that you could be investing in creating your content.
You can get in trouble
If you use someone else’s copyrighted material and commercially profited from that use without permission and get caught, it can have a hugely negative impact on you. You may have to pay monetary damages and be prohibited from using further material from that artist. You may have to pay the copyrighter the profits you made. The most devastating thing that could happen is you may be ordered to destroy the content you created as well!
It can lower the value of your content
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