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Using Royalty-Free Music in Youtube Videos

 

A client who downloaded one of our Royalty-Free Music Libraries from AudioClerks had asked me for a “License Agreement” that they could use for their Youtube Video – Insisting that he was required by Youtube to provide the following information shown in this email:

           To quote youtube’s latest email:

“Royalty-free music requires: the song title, artist name, a direct link to the track, and a link to the terms”
 … and …
“Original compositions from third parties require written permission from the rights’ owner(s) stating that you are              permitted to use their content commercially containing the video’s URL”
 …and…
“For a musical composition in the public domain, please link us to a primary (original or scholarly) source demonstrating the status of the composition”

And finally: ” Please submit your additional information here. Note that we may disapprove your video for monetization if we do not hear from you within 14 days.

YouTube reserves the right to make the final decision whether to monetize a video, and may disable monetization for users who repeatedly submit ineligible videos.”

 

He also sent me THIS SCREENSHOT of Youtube Video Submission Form.

 

After realizing that he was Submitting his Video foe Monetization, my reply to his message was:

This info is “Optional” NOT Required. 

As you can see, it says: “Suggested Information to Include”.

There have been many cases when I have submitted Videos with Tracks that I created – and I simply wrote “I own all RIghts to this Music”. – and unless Youtube can find something to Contest that, then they will most likely accept that you are the Copyright Owner.

But even if all that info WAS Required, it would only be required if you were uploading music that is Copyrighted by you and you plan on Monetizing your Videos to earn revenues from your music. 

You cannot do that with 3rd Party Royalty-Free music. You are NOT allowed to act as a Licensee and earn Revenues off it and act as the Copyright holder because you are not. 

This music is STILL Copyrighted, it’s just Royalty-Free – Meaning you don’t have to PAY for each use.

It doesn’t mean you get PAID for each use. 

By submitting your Video for Monetization, it means that YOU are trying to earn Revenues (Royalties) from this Music – which, in turn, will no longer make it “Royalty-Free” because YOU will be making a Royalty on it from each Play.

That is not allowed. You must create your own Original Music if you wish to earn Royalties from it.

 

So for all of you who think that you can Monetize Youtube Video’s using a 3rd Party’s Royalty-Free music – the answer is NO!!

All it means is that Youtube won’t Take it down or “Force-Monetize” it – It just depends on what the Copyright Owner requests that Youtube do whenever someone uploads Content they own.

It may not be the correct term, but “Force Monetize” is when the Content Owner requests that Youtube Automatically Monetize any Video uploaded that includes their Content, then a percentage of the Revenue goes to the Content Owner.

I know this because I produce Music and have been offered this from Youtube.

Many people have a hard time understanding the legalities behind Royalty-Free Music, which makes sense. There’s a lot to understand.

Please feel free to submit ANY Audio Related questions here. Even if they involve producing, engineering, composing, etc.

There isn’t a question I can’t answer.

Thanks!!

-Jordan