Legal Music For YouTube – Four Ways to Address Client Concerns About Copyrights

Let’s assume you are a creative professional being compensated to create a video for a client. Let’s also assume your client will NOT be broadcasting the video on television nor distributing it on DVD, but WILL be distributing the video on the internet (their website, YouTube etc), presenting it at meetings and even showing it at a trade shows. Let’s also assume that you, the creative expert, are expected to handle any and all copyright clearances for the video, including the soundtrack.

How do you ensure your soundtrack is cleared for all these uses and that no embarrassing copyright issues will emerge down the road? The digital marketplace offers lots of music that can be used without paying any license fees, but there will always be a direct relationship between the amount you pay to use a piece of music and the amount of control you (or your client) have over that music. For example, that $0.89 you spent on iTunes for a Van Morrison single only allows you to enjoy that song on your iPod…and nothing else. But move that decimal point four places to the right and you can probably use it in your independent film until the cows come home. Here’s the breakdown of everything in between:

I. Royalty-free music libraries

(*Full disclaimer: I co-own a royalty-free production music library).

For as little as $10, a production music library will deliver a high rez version of a piece of music to you along with a license document (or at least a receipt) that lists both you and your chosen track specifically. Because you’re getting compensated by your client, it would be valuable for you to have a paper trail like this. Most royalty-free libraries will even conduct the music search for you at no charge. They know their library better than you. So why sift through thousands of tracks when you should be editing video?

What’s the catch? Most stock music libraries won’t carry famous songs that your client knows. They may carry “sound-a-likes”, but that information definitely won’t be listed on their website. You have to discuss that directly with a sales rep.

Also, a royalty-free music library is the most expense solution offered here. $10 is definitely the bottom of the price range whereas the average price is probably between $30 and $50 per track. If your client is willing to pay this fee in return for a relatively high degree of control over their music, then this is your best option.

II. Your own video software

I recently edited together a family video using iMovie and Soundtrack Pro and entered it into an online contest. While there wasn’t a huge library of tracks, I quickly found something that worked well and incorporated it into my video quickly.In order to stay competitive, many video software makers completely buy out the copyrights to instrumental music tracks and bundle them with their product. Soundtrack Pro’s license agreement reads as follows:

You may broadcast and/or distribute your own soundtracks that were created using the Audio Content, however, individual audio files may not be commercially or otherwise distributed on a standalone basis, nor may they be repackaged in whole or in part as audio samples, sound files or music beds.”  That type of license should work fine for your project.

What’s the catch? Selection. I’ve worked for organizations that bought copyrights outright and I can say from experience that a collection that is “wholly-owned” can never be as dynamic, large or comprehensive as a user contributed music library. You’re at the mercy of what content Apple is willing to acquire. It’s easy for libraries like that to become “stale” and overused.

III.     YouTube’s AudioSwap

YouTube’s approach to copyright infringement has evolved into a simple ultimatum given to all major labels and movie studios: YouTube’s software will block their copyrighted content, but wouldn’t they rather just let it happen and share the ad revenue?

The answer from many of the major record labels is “yes”.

Therefore, you could theoretically synchronize your client’s video with Aerosmith’s “Dream On” in hopes that Columbia records lets you slide on copyright infringement. Just be sure to cross both fingers and kiss a rabbit’s foot as you upload the video.

In order to offer a less risky alternative, YouTube has received permission from lesser known bands and musicians to create an online music library from which creative professionals like yourself can choose a track from that library and let YouTube automatically synchronize the music track with your video. Some of these tracks are fairly well known.

What’s the catch? Your video will ONLY play with that music on YouTube’s website. And the music rights holder controls which ads run alongside your video. If your client plans to include this video in an email campaign or just embed it on their website, that may not be a deal breaker. But they ever want to present the video at a meeting or gathering of any kind, they’ll need to ensure the location has an Internet connection.

In order to use this music for free, your client is essentially entering into partnership with this rights holder to help them earn more ad revenue for their song. Also, the rights holders of this music can withdraw their music from YouTube, and thus your video, at any time. Your client may ultimately be ok with these risks, but you should at least make them aware.

IV.   Creative Commons

I’ve included this option last because Creative Commons rights are both complicated and, in sprit, not always supportive of commercial usage. There are no less than six (!) types of Creative Commons licenses. Assuming your client intends to directly or indirectly generate revenue from this video, you’ll have to confine your music search to tracks that fall under the license called “Attribution-Only”.You may find a “diamond in the rough” from this subset of music available through Creative Commons, but be aware that “Attribution” means you must credit the artist at some point in the video. Most clients are ok with that.

V.    Conclusion

It’s all about choosing what kind of parameters you and client are most comfortable working within: lack of control (AudioSwap or outright infringement), a music license that may cost up to $50 (stock music libraries) or a limited selection (creative commons or your video software).

Get Set, Go With Free Music Downloads

Offering young consumers an easy- to-use alternative to pirated music sites is compelling. Still, given the fragmentation of the digital music business – there are hundreds of them who are willing to offer cost-free music. Analysts believed that this new offering would help further booming of the music industry.

While the music industry for years thought of offering free music downloads, rampant online piracy has created the need to experiment with new digital business models. The growth of online advertising has encouraged industry executives, and the advertisers are supporting music services so as to win consumer acceptance, while still the record companies and artists are still compensating somewhere down the line.

Few service providers are currently in a position to provide the large audiences the variety that all the music addicts would love to, with the power of advertising revenue by their side. This is certainly being pitched as a challenge to the piracy world and probably an answer to the world of piracy. It was a very memorable moment or, at least, for the sake of true music lovers when different companies decided to offer downloadable music.

After more than a decade of neither publicly affirming nor denying, music buffs have finally gone online and are engaged in downloading movies, songs, etc. One can also download music tracks of your choice and save on the desktop or for that matter your mobile. Apple brands iPod, in conjunction with iTunes, its music web site, has given a facility on the internet where iPod users can purchase and download songs for less than $1 per song. Any artist can have an online presence, promote their to an audience of millions, and let consumers download their music to their hearts’ content. Music download sites include over 5,00,000 digital music downloads. EMusic is one such site where you can get 50 free music downloads just for the beginners. Downloading music is simple and easy. One just needs to know few basic process and can get started.

You could listen to your favorite music tracks or download the songs of your choice to your handset and drive away your blues. Download your favorite soundtracks and enjoy listening music tracks on go!

TuneUp Media – Your Essential iTunes Album Artwork Finder

Today’s young and hip generation make it a point to always keep themselves updated on the latest trends, whether in terms of clothing, accessories and even music. And iTunes has become a popular avenue for these youngsters to keep themselves knowledgeable on the most recent hits and releases from new artists. Almost every person I know nowadays owns an iTunes collection on their personal computer or laptop. The iTunes phenomenon has steadily become more and more extensive, thanks to the powerful hold music has over people.

If you are the proud owner of a serious iTunes collection, then you must definitely understand just how much time and effort is needed in order for it to be fully complete and organized. However, since a lot of us are much too busy to spend the day organizing our iTunes library, we often end up with messy music collections that need regular “cleaning.” One specific problem in maintaining an organized music collection is missing album artwork. Having missing album art to be seen when your iTunes is in Cover Flow mode can be both annoying and frustrating. It can even be a source of embarrassment for some people. This is the reason why there is now a highly recommended iTunes album artwork finder on the market in the form of TuneUp Media.

TuneUp Media can be called the essential album artwork finding software for iTunes because it does its task quickly and efficiently while doing a whole lot more for your iTunes library. By simply selecting and dragging your selected songs to the analyzing area of TuneUp Media (which shows up at the far right of the screen when opened) and then pressing on the word CLEAN, you would have activated your personal iTunes album art finder already. Depending on the speed of your computer and the number of songs in your iTunes library that you wish to check, the process of finding cover art through the album artwork finder can range from a few minutes up to a few hours.

If you need more convincing, I would definitely advise you to try their product for yourself. They actually offer a free trial version which anyone can download into their computers. By downloading your free essential iTunes album artwork finder (which only takes a minute), you are entitled to momentary privileges such as 50 free artwork covers and 100 tracks cleans which you can use with your trial version. If I were you, I would take this opportunity to try a critically acclaimed product that has earned great reviews from multiple reliable sources. Since the offer is completely free, there is absolutely no risk involved.

Get Free iTunes Codes

It can be very hard to find any codes, when there are so many people after free iTunes redeem codes, and to find codes that work is even harder. But just to let you know there are free methods you can use to get the free iTunes Codes.

However, you should know that there are ways of getting free iTunes gift card codes. It is so easy once you know how. Imagine being able to get a iTunes redeemable code worth $25 dollars. You can use these on your iTunes today.

Some sites use a free gift card codes generator, to generate your iTunes codes, but these websites are illegal and will get you into a lot of trouble. Again, there are safe and legit ways to get codes for your iTunes.

Once you have received your iTunes voucher. You will then be able to download music in to your computer to Apple Mac. It depends on you.

You should know that with sites that give away free iTunes codes there is always a catch involved so you need to be careful. However, there are legal ways of getting the codes.

But, do not try to get free music from the Warez sites as these sites are full of viruses. The iTunes system is a great tool when looking for great music. So many people search everyday for free codes, especially with the way the economy the way it is people need to save money.

Time to start the party.