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Ding's picture
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Dear all,

I am a new videographer, and I just established my own video produciton comany. When I uploaded a few my works on youtube, I got email form youtube and says content ID matched with my video or some of the music in my video is own by sony music recording company. you tube says that they will not take action this time, but I am worried next time they will ban me out :-(

Also, Since I am doing commercial business, any video DVD I made for my customer has copyrighted muisc content inside. Even those muisc are Legally downloaded from I TUNE, I still need to buy the copy right for each song or a yearly contract for all songs. Where can I buy it?

What about photos, if I buy the pictures from, can I put them in my conmercial video?

Thanks for all your help in advance!


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Music 'legally downloaded from iTunes' are for individual personal consumption only. iTunes and other services like it are 'consumer based'. That meaning you purchase the permission to listen to it, not use it for anything else. Used to be you could use stuff like that under the 'fair use' guidelines long as you didn't try to repackage the work for sale.

Your client did not have the rights from Sony (the rights holder) to use said music in their video. If they do which I doubt, they need to produce the documentation asap. Those DVD's you made with that illegal music carry a penalty should Sony move on you with litigation for selling them without their consent. Each disc they prove you sold carries an individual penalty which according to copyright law will be held against you the distributor. Average penalties for each instance of infringement run upwards of $50k.

The 'Tube actually did you a favor by blocking your upload which brought this to your attention. Your best bet is to 'can' all the finished DVDs with the illegal music on them asap. If possible, you should recut the video to royalty-free music as to avoid this kind of costly amateur mistake. The good thing is you caught this in time and asked questions here.

Yes, when you purchase photos, music, graphics and so on from services like fotosearch or whatever, make sure you read the fine print on what you can and cannot do with the materials. The main things to look for are 'royalty-free', 'without restrictions' and 'without time limits'. The legit services and vendors will have most or all of those phrases in their 'eula's'. If you don't see any of those phrases, move on to a service that does.

H.Wolfgang Porter, Composite Media Producer Dreaded Enterprises Unlimited, Inc.

birdcat's picture
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If you run a search on these forums for "royalty free" you'll get a plethora of sources for royalty free assets of all types (music, graphics, stock video & photos, etc...).

Bruce Paul 7Squared Productions

Ding's picture
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Composite 1 and birdcat,

Thank you 2 gentlmen! I am admire for your knowlege, and I will search for Loyalty free meterial for my video production.

ccardell's picture
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For affordable royalty-free music that you can use for commercial purposes and legally on YouTube, you might also try , an innovative online marketplace for royalty-free production music. I amthe co-founder.

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You can look for free music most are under creative commons. Since you are using this for commercial projects, I would suggest you purchase from royalty free sites that provides you with a license agreement. you can provide youtube with your license agreement to substantiate that your music is royalty free and that you have the rights to use them.

I suppose you will be using music frequently seeing you are in video production and perhaps sites that offer CD options are good so you can build your own personal go to library. Sites like, or are good places to start. Opuzz also offers hard drive options with complete library or part of their library on it. Downloads are good too but won't be as cost effective on the long term. CSSmusic has a hard drive too but it is quite a bit more expensive compared to Opuzz.

For sound effects, I would look for sound bible. Heard it is from one guy but the stuff is excellent.

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Photosearch links to various outlets. You should look at the usage policy, i. e. Editorial, Personal Use, Right-Managed or Royalty Free. The latter gives you the option to commercially use with stipulated limitations - check the fine print. is a huge source of cheap royaly free images.

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I'm compiling all the websites I find with the best quality but lowest price music, photos, images, sound effects etc for all to use on my blog at

I've found some great soundtracks for under 4.00, for example, which is half what istock charges. There's a ton of musicians out there who are more than happy to let you use their music for cheap. I sell footage and photos on iStock and they can be expensive. If you are just starting out there's many cheaper resources out there. The track I used for this job cost me 14.00 which is the most I've paid in awhile.

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Digital Juice is my go to place for royalty free music. I own every music track they have produced, which the exception of their Worship Series (which I will eventually buy) and one the the Backtraxx. Their music is customizable and very affordable.

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I use for royalty free audio, video, and still stock photos.

Jeff Media Fish Productions

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Here's a few really good places for royalty free music that you can use in your productions.
(warning - shameless self promotion..) is a subscription based production music library that has had music used on the Discovery Channel, History Channel, Nat Geo and others. You can download all the tracks you want for a single fee. It's quick and simple and is constantly being updated with new tracks. Check out our "Free Tunes" page for some complimentary tracks.
?Greg is an in-demand musician in Nashville so you know these tracks are gonna sound great. They are mostly guitar oriented tracks but there are a ton of different styles. Also, they are free with credit given
This site was started by Kevin MacLeod and it was one of the most talked about sites I found when I was doing research for my site. The tracks are totally free, however he has a donation button if you would like to support him. Definitely check this one out.

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Joined: 06/10/2012 - 12:57pm

When using music you are supposed to pay copyright fees. Even if you have a shop that plays background music off a radio or cd, you are supposed to pay someone.

For more info in paying copyright then visit the MCPS here:

Other than that there are loads of royalty free music out there from places like Digital, or video etc. Or you could even contact the record company directly which can be hard work, but not impossible.

Hope that helps