Short answer – yes. There are


Short answer – yes. There are various off the shelf licenses available. If it goes on youtube, for example, their system will almost certainly identify it – even as thin and weedy background music, and either remove the whole thing, remove the audio or send you nasty removal emails – or they might simply add an advert the copyright holder can earn from.

Their systems are good enough to even spot the song when performed by a band – so just having a band sing a michael jackson song will probably be spotted. PRS and PPL might be involved, but probably just PRS. Even incidental music must be cleared.

You haven’t said what country you are in – so while my advice is ok for the UK, if you are elsewhere, then I can’t help.

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