Options for using music in your videos


Hi, I’m Josh, and today I’m going to talk about an issue most creators face at one point or another: how you can find music to use in your YouTube videos. Copyright can definitely be confusing, and
if you’ve tried using music before in your videos, you may have received Content ID claims. I’m going to tell you about how that works,
and some of the different options you have. First off, a little background. Why can’t you just pick any song, put it in
your video, and upload it to YouTube? Well, the artists who write and perform music,
and the companies they work with, own the copyright to their own songs. That means that they generally have the right
to control how other people use their music. One of the ways that artists make money is by selling licenses to people who want to use their song. Sometimes it’s easy to find out how to purchase
a license, but not always. And there’s no guarantee you’ll be able
to do so. That’s why YouTube created the Audio Library,
to help you find music that’s free to use in your videos — that means you can even
monetize videos that include any of these songs. The Audio Library also has free sound effects
for you to use. We’re always expanding the Library to include
more content in different styles. There’s lots of other music available online,
from royalty-free tracks to sites that let you generate an original song. Whatever you use, be sure to read the terms
and conditions very carefully. Not everyone means the same thing when they
say “royalty-free,” and in some cases, you could still end up with a Content ID claim. You might also be surprised to receive a Content
ID claim for music that you composed and performed yourself. If you release music through a label or distributor,
that company may use Content ID, or be working with a 3rd party, to claim YouTube videos
that include their music. Check with your distributor to understand
the terms of your deal and how you should handle the claim. If you perform covers of other artists’
songs, you can often split revenue from your video with the songwriter. YouTube’s Music Policy Directory will show
you the policies set by the song owner for many popular songs. For instance, some videos may not be available
in specific countries if they contain certain music. The answer may be different if a video contains
a particular track, or if you perform your own cover of it. But keep in mind that the information in the
Directory isn’t a license, and it’s not a guarantee: the owner’s policy could change
at any time. Here are a few more things to know about music
on YouTube. Are you thinking of posting a walkthrough
of your favorite video game? You could end up with a Content ID claim,
either for the game you’re playing or for any background music in the game. Look up the game publisher’s terms and conditions
for uploading gameplay on their website, and consider muting the game while you play. You might also want to consider checking the
Music Policy Directory or muting your video if it includes music incidentally — say,
the radio is playing in your car — even if the music playing is brief and low quality. In some cases, when your video receives a
Content ID claim for music, you can remove the song and the restrictions that come with
it. You can even replace the soundtrack with tracks
from the Audio Library. And if you’re creating your own music, be
careful about sampling other songs. You can’t necessarily rely on fair use here. You’ll want to learn more about how fair
use works, and you may even wish to speak to a lawyer. Your local Bar Association may operate a free
or low-cost lawyer referral service where you can speak with an attorney. If you’re based in the United States, one
service like that is California Lawyers for the Arts. Thanks for watching. I hope this helps you understand what to do
the next time you upload a video with music in it.