Copyright infringement isn’t cool for either party, but even the one serving content like Google has to work hard. In 2016, they handled over 2 million requests each day! The issue of music for content creators can be a difficult one to wrestle with, in particular. Having only the video and the sound of your own voice can leave something lacking, without appropriately selected background music.
In comes royalty Free music to save the day. What is it, and how does it work?
Keep reading to find out!
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What Is Royalty Free Music?
Royalty-free music (generally) has nothing to do with royal families if that’s what you’re thinking. Royalties are fees that are usually small, but add up for every time something is played on a form of media. For example, if your video has 30,000 views and you’re using copyrighted material, rather than receiving revenue for ads that play during your video that ad revenue goes to the artist whose permission you did not get.
Or they take down your video and slap you with an infringement notice, perhaps even deleting your account. Radio stations have had a similar fee system for decades. Every time they play a song, an agreed-upon fee goes to the artist’s label, who then distributes those fees to the artist. The radio station gets its money from advertisers buying airtime on the radio.
If you’re curious if any of this matters as an average user, even lawyers who helped craft online copyright infringement policy struggle with it.
Benefits of Royalty Free Music for Content Creators
YouTube and other social media, including even videogame creators. If you are an indy videogame creator, quality music is probably high on your list, but you’re likely low on budget.
There are a lot of benefits to using royalty free music, such as:
- It’s easy to use
- Reduce advertising issues
- Small budgets go far
- Possibility to do custom editing or variations
- Honesty is really the best policy
Starting at the top, royalty free music is generally plug and play. After all, you’re buying the license to using it for life, so it should be easy. Another option that is becoming more popular is a subscription method, so it’s important to know what works best for you.
If you have content with copyright in your video, ads will often pop up before the video or a few seconds after it starts. To reduce ads with annoying timing issues, royalty free tracks will enable you to gain advertising revenue and have more control over when ads play. That being said, YouTube and others have complex algorithms to detect the best times for ads, so you’re always subject to some lack of control.
Lastly, honesty goes a long way to garnering community trust. If you can’t be trustworthy with the elements of your content, what about your message? Can they trust that you aren’t just ripping off another creator’s content and claiming it as your own?
If you’re lying about content, viewers will wonder what else you’re lying about. To look more professional and honest, it’s best to use content correctly. Your reputation depends on it!
But where do you get royalty free tracks?
How to Find Royalty Free Music
Specific niches and use-cases that content creators have, such as bump-ins and bump-outs, background music for speed painting, or ambiance for manga and anime theory-crafting require a certain “sound.” Where can you find it?
There are two kinds of royalty free music out there— free and paid. But wait, isn’t royalty free music supposed to be free?
A royalty free music library will have tracks available (songs or sounds) that are not fair use but do have the capability to be licensed out for a small upfront fee, credit to the author, or totally free.
At these libraries, you can find a royalty free music download to use in your videos or other content.
There are royalty free commercial music companies that curate and collect tracks for commercial use. These companies ensure high-quality tracks so you don’t have to sift through thousands of free, low-quality tracks all by yourself to find the one good one. Since they’ve already done that for you, along with any fair use issues, you need only buy the right to use it and off you go.
Other Options for YouTube Royalty Free Music
Other options include amateur musicians and producers looking for a break or exposure. You could even make your own kind of music, should you dare to put more on your plate as a project producer. Music archives can also reveal amazing gems as well.
Copyrights tend to expire after about 70 years in most cases. That means that anything more than 70 years old could be fair game and worthwhile to check. They are also available for remixing or remastering should you want to include older tracks in new compositions.
Generally, this is going to be better for those who already have audio and video editing experience. Or just a strong willingness and desire to learn.
Royalty Free Music: Is It Important? You Decide
Sound effects and copyrights can open a Pandora’s box of copyrighting issues or be a great way to connect with your audiences. Royalty free music doesn’t have to be a consolation or “selling out” by any means. The quality and care put into royalty free tracks can equal or surpasses many tracks in music, cinema, and AAA videogames.
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