When it comes to the world of online music and downloads, well, let’s just say there is a lot to talk about. We know it may seem complex to some but it really isn’t. And in case you’re struggling to understand the basics well, don’t worry, we’re here to help.
There are quite a number of regulations when it comes to using music online for videos and other projects since in most cases the music is regulated by the creator. Therefore, using whatever song you want is not really possible without facing copyright issues.
The most common issue regarding this involves the well-known online video platform, YouTube.For instance, you cannot use ‘Telephone’ by Lady Gaga ft. Beyoncé for your YouTube video if you do not have a valid license to do so. But if you still want to give it a try, go ahead. You can be sure it won’t take long for the YouTube Content ID System to take down your video since you’re infringing on the copyright-terms of a song that you do not own.
This is where it gets tricky, because if you cannot use popular songs, then what could you use? Luckily, there are artists all around the world composing music 24/7 with this in mind. There are specific websites where you can freely search for this kind of music which is usually referred to as ‘Royalty-Free Music’. If you choose to download music from these websites and follow their guidelines, you should be able to avoid copyright issues. However, this does not mean you can use the music for free. Keep in mind that someone took the time to compose the music you’re listening to, and no one wants to give away something they have worked on for free, nor should anyone expect them to do so. These kinds of websites usually issue subscriptions or licenses. This means that in order to use the royalty-free music you need to acquire the rights to use each song for your project.
After reading this, many people may be wondering, “isn’t it royalty-free music? So that should mean I don’t have to pay for it, right?” The answer to this is no. royalty-free means that once you buy it, you can use it freely under the website’s terms, but it does not mean that it is free to use.
Here at HookSounds, we are aware that there are people out there who are looking for quality music for their videos without spending any money. For instance, if you’re producing home videos for personal use we have the most ideal option which is the ‘Use & Mention’ license. This option allows the user to access the music for free, on condition that they give attribution to HookSounds, and that’s it. Note that this license is only valid if the video is for personal purposes; meaning you cannot make money from it (monetize) or use it for third-party content. Also, note that the ‘Use and Mention’ licenses are not available for HookSounds premium tracks.
We know it can be difficult to find music that doesn’t cause you any trouble with regard to copyright claims because we also struggle with it sometimes! However, it doesn’t mean that we should infringe on any law or engage in any kind of illegality.
Sometimes the Content ID system needs to be aware that you have the right to use certain songs, that’s why when any of our users purchase a license or a subscription, we send them a certificate. So, if they experience any issues with a platform such as YouTube, they can send the invoice as proof that they have legal rights to use the music.
So, as far as we know, royalty-free music is the best choice for any content creator out there who’s looking to monetize their videos without having any issues regarding music rights. We invite you to browse through our vast, original and exclusive library of tracks. If you’re just looking to make a family video or something for your personal use, take advantage of our ‘Use & Mention’ license and add quality to your videos for free! Just give attribution to HookSounds and that’s it!
We hope this article was helpful and don’t hesitate to send us an email if you have any questions about this!