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      I’m new to editing and have a question about using music in your videos. I created a video with IMovie and used a song from an album I have on my Itunes that I cut the video for the pacing to match but when I uploaded it to youtube, I got the copyright warning saying that the video was pending due to the song being owned by and certain music company. So I pulled the audio wiped credits from the video, reposted and used one of the royalty free songs on youtube. My question is… What music can be used, I notice that allot of videos I see on vimeo or youtube use popular licensed music but mine was no allowed. I realize this is probably a rookie question, but never the less I still need to know. Thanks!

    • #166506

      Hi Jess –

      You are not allowed (legally) to use copyrighted music for video – Whether that be posted on the web (YouTube, Vimeo, etc….) or even for your own use (although I doubt anyone will ocme into your house and check all your home videos).

      You need certain licenses – such as sync, mechanical, performance, distribution, etc… – to use this music in a video production. Some copyright owners are more lenient but most do not give up these rights easily or cheaply. In other discussions I have had over the past few years I have been told astronomical sums are required to secure these rights unless you are a movide studio, TV station, etc…

      To solve this problem, those who choose to stay on the side of legality use what is called royalty free music – You purchase the rights to use this music in other productions, such as video. Some of this is very expensive and some is very reasonable – and you’ll find both great and crappy music at both extremes and everywhere in between.

      The legal issue is not a trivial one and the Digital Millenium Copyright Act has very sharp teeth that can impose very large fines on those who break it’s rules.

      Do a search on royalty free music, also known as buyout music, here on the forums and you’ll see many options available to you.

      This is a very simplistic answer and if you’d like more details or examples, please ask.

    • #166507

      Thanks this is pretty much what I figured. I’ve been cutting stuff for a while, but had never posted. Thanks again, it’s been a huge help!

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