If you are among the veteran users of the network you know very well that you can listen to free music directly from YouTube, for many a real jukebox full of music to listen to for free through the website or through the dedicated apps. But if you want to upload music yourself to use as a background for your videos, or to get more views, you could run into a bitter surprise! Find out in this guide how to do it get copyright-free music for YouTube, how to recognize songs with copyrighted music and the best sites to download copyright-free music, without fear of complaints or blocks for the videos you upload on YouTube.
How to use copyright free music on YouTube
Why is music blocked? Why was my video muted or removed?
The rights of music videos are managed in most cases by VEVO, which collects the advertising revenue and turns it to the majors to pay the artists. There are also other labels that legally manage the revenue generated by the artists' video clips on YouTube.In your case, you do not own the copyright to any famous song (unless you are a successful singer!) And you may run into blocking of songs or deleting your video or (in the worst cases) closing your account with an attached complaint for piracy. But how can you then put music on YouTube without infringing copyright?
How to find out if a song infringes copyright
You can easily find out if a piece of music can be used on your YouTube channel as a video embellishment or as a simple share by going to the YouTube site and clicking on the top left corner on Log in.
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Once logged in with your Google account, click on your profile image at the top right again, then open the menu Creator Studio.
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A new window will open, where you will have to click on the item Create (left sidebar) and then up Music rules.You will get the list of all the songs currently present on YouTube and legally shared by the majors or artists, with the rules applied on each single song.Search for music to search for the piece of music you intend to use and click on it to find out if the piece is usable or not.
If the song is not usable the writing “cannot be used“, Blocking your intent in the bud. However, using the song involves the risk of blocking the audio, video or YouTube account.
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If the usable song you will see instead a list of information: both if you use the song and if you make covers (if you are a singer and you want to upload an interpretation of the famous song).
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The two items under each section (Playback is pubblicit) provide you with valuable information when you use the chosen song. The video may be blocked in some countries and therefore may not be viewable worldwide, as well as possible that the author or the major has blocked monetization for your account if you use the protected song. Among the possible scenarios, the author may have requested the sharing of the proceeds for the covers (the revenues will be divided between you and the author of the piece).
How to insert copyright-free music on YouTube
Now that you know how the system that manages music copyright on YouTube works, what can you do to beautify your video? First you can insert copyright-free music using the songs made available by YouTube itself. Go to the menu again Creator Studio as seen above, click again Create and use the section Audio collection> Free music to find hundreds of songs freely downloadable on your PC or integrated into all your music videos.
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Click on the down arrow symbol to download the song to your PC, so that you can use it in your favorite video editing program.If you want to add music to a video already loaded on your channel just follow these steps: click on Video management (always in Creator Studio), then on the key Edit below the video of your interest, finally go to the section Audio to view the free songs you can use for your video.
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Sites where you can download copyright-free music for YouTube
In addition to the songs provided by YouTube in its editor, various sites are available from where you can download free music:
All of these sites offer royalty-free music that responds to Creative Commons, so you can use it on your videos when you perform video editing without any problem. YouTube will never block your videos with the music taken from these sites.