Music, Copyright & Youtube: Fair Use, Public Domain & DMCA

Pretty much everything you need to know about copyright stuff.


The aim of this article is to help you better understand the copyright principles, such as fair use, public domain and creative commons licensing, that you need to be aware of when including music in your YouTube videos. At the end of the page, there are also a few links regarding where to find music that you can legally use as background music in your video.

Music copyright laws were not set up to accommodate today’s social media landscape, in which hundreds of thousands of amateur and semi-professional videos makers are creating works that can be viewed almost anywhere in the world. The relevant laws and music licensing processes tend to be complex, restrictive and ambiguous, best to be dealt with by a media company’s legal team, yet here we all are making videos, so until the laws change, we better learn more about our rights and responsibilities. This page…

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