Astrid Bovell on May 19th, 2014
This week I had a query about how to go about obtaining rights to use music in a video that was intended for online release on a public access website. There are a few different ways you can go about this sort of thing… so in no particular order:
- It’s entirely possible to seek permission from the copyright owners (usually the music publishing company and record company), but that can be fairly time consuming and can also be complicated and costly depending on your circumstances.
- There are also a ton of websites and licensing bodies out there where you can purchase a licence that will allow you to legally use music in your video and then make that video available online, that’s fine too.
- You can compose your own music, or have a friend agree to compose music for your video.
But before you try one of those options, have you thought about looking at musical works that have been licensed under Creative Commons? That’s right – music, licensed under Creative Commons. You see, Creative Commons licences can apply to a whole variety of works – including musical works and sound recordings. So next time you need some music, have a look at the music you can find and whether the licence suits your purpose. Here are a couple of sites that push forward Creative Commons music:
Always make sure that the Creative Commons licence covers you for use and always make sure you provide proper attribution!
Now at the end of the day, if this is still a bit too hard, or you want something that’s not available under a Creative Commons licence – don’t forget that we’re here to help you! Contact us and we’ll get you on your melodious way 🙂
Happy Music Hunting!