A great way to spice up your video or podcast is by using music. However, to avoid copyright infringement, it is important that you choose your music well.
With most music, you are actually dealing with two forms of copyright; one that pertains to the musical composition and a second one that has to do with the recorded version of that composition. To use the copyrighted music, you will need to obtain third party licences. More than likely, this is something that you are looking to avoid.
This does not mean that you have to abandon the idea of using music in your video or podcast. There is still a lot of music for you to choose from! For instance, a great number of works belong to the public domain. (Read more about copyright and public domain.) This includes:
- Works which the owner has explicitly moved into the public domain,
- Works in which copyright has expired (this includes all works published before 1923),
Another option is to use music which has been appropriately licenced though Creative Commons. What is a Creative Commons license?
All Creative Commons licenses have many important features in common. Every license helps creators — we call them licensors if they use our tools — retain copyright while allowing others to copy, distribute, and make some uses of their work — at least non-commercially. Every Creative Commons license also ensures licensors get the credit for their work they deserve. Every Creative Commons license works around the world and lasts as long as applicable copyright lasts (because they are built on copyright). These common features serve as the baseline, on top of which licensors can choose to grant additional permissions when deciding how they want their work to be used.
Creative Commons has made it very easy for you to find music that you are able to use in your video or podcast. Through this customized guide you’ll find a seemingly endless supply of music:
Legal Music For Videos
Good luck finding music that suits your needs! If you have any questions on this subject or need further assistance, do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org!