If you are using music on your videos, or want to, there are two things you need to think about before publishing. Short of finding that perfect match, you need to know if you are allowed to use the music and the proper way to give the owner credit. Let me explain…
Do you have the rights to use that music?
Just because you find something online, does NOT mean that are free to use it. If you think that everything on the web is yours for the taking… you will end up in a heap of trouble.
Even if you buy a piece of music, you need to make sure that the company you buy from is reputable. More than one site has been known to sell music that they did not even own the rights to. Take the time to find reputable companies before you buy something that will end up costing you a boatload.
Look for people in your community that would be willing to make a piece of music for you or has free music you can use. If they are not familiar with copyrights, take the time to explain that you want an original piece. If you have an online friend, then just send them a note (as I did with Ben Barden https://plus.google.com/104056902186844323075/posts/WiKYqLrPddR in the video below) and make sure it is ok to use their piece in your video.
Have you given proper credit to the owner of the music piece?
That’s right; you need to give credit where credit is due. Giving credit to those that have done the work makes you look more honest and reliable. Not giving full and blatant credit is just not fair and YOU end up looking like a jerk (or other not family friendly words). It can also save your bacon if copyrights are questioned.
The person who made the music will also be more willing to help you out or offer more tunes, if you have treated them with the respect their talents deserve.
I highly recommend that you give a text credit on the opening title and at the end of the video. That way when the video is embedded on other sites there will still be credit given no matter where the video sits.
I also believe you should give the Name of the artist, name of the song track and a link to the page where you found the download in the video description. Preferably, you do not link to the file itself but rather to the page where the download link is placed. This way others can see the artist’s guidelines for using their music and the visitors may find it easier to checkout more great music on the site. To see what I mean, just look at the description of this video – www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-0LoVBHa74.
If anyone is afraid to add links in their video description or credit in the title, get over yourself. You would be pissed if someone didn’t give you credit for your work!
Why is it so important to be diligent when using other people’s works in your videos?
If you are slack, lazy or greedy… Karma will bite you in the butt. And YouTube could also take down your video if the copyrights owner complains. In fact, YouTube could take your entire channel down if you get a couple of violations.
Another reason to connect to list the Artists name, song title and give the link, is because there are people that troll YouTube looking for videos with music and they will claim copyrights. It may not be their music but once they send a violation notice to YouTube about your video, you have a mess in getting it dismissed. YouTube may automatically shut down your video until it is straightened out. Now if you have all the info in your video description, these trolls most likely will not even bother with filing a bogus copyright notice. They figure that you have too much proof that it is not their music and they will just move on to the next video that is an easier target for their scam.
So here is a video that I quickly put together crediting the Owner of the Music and the Images. Oh, and Ben’s music can be found here.
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Thank you Obsidian Dawn for the Gimp! brushes we used on our video image.
Disclaimer: We are not attorneys and nothing from this article should be considered or used as legal advice.