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Note: This article is for Uploaded Background Music and doesn't apply to Uploaded Voice Over Tracks.
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Audio Copyright and Content Samurai
Copyright law is a very complex area, and as a video creator, you need to ensure that you are not infringing upon other people’s copyrights.
This article provides some basic information relating to copyright as it pertains to Content Samurai, but please be aware that this is not legal advice and cannot substitute for a good copyright lawyer. A lawyer will be able to provide you with advice relating to your specific music tracks, your legal jurisdiction, country, and the specific platforms you upload your videos to.
Using Copyrighted Music Tracks As Background Music
If you upload a video that contains a copyrighted music track to YouTube, it will very likely be rejected on the grounds of copyright violation. You will also receive one “strike” against your account.
If you continue to upload videos containing copyrighted music and collect three strikes, Google may permanently close your YouTube account.
Other video hosting platforms have their own systems for dealing with copyright infringement and it is very important to always read and comply with their Terms of Service.
Some Options For Video Background Music
There are a number of options available to you for adding background music to your videos:
Option #1: Use the tracks included in Content Samurai
Noble Samurai has purchased the rights for you to use these tracks, and you can use them to make as many videos as you like in Content Samurai.
Option #2: Use the music tracks provided by YouTube
If you are creating videos to upload to YouTube, you can make use of the YouTube Audio Library which is available here:
All you have to do is find and download the track you like, upload it into Content Samurai, and then upload your finished video to YouTube.
Please note, some of the audio tracks in the YouTube audio library require “attribution”.
This means in the description of your video you need to include an acknowledgment and a link back to the original source of the audio file. YouTube will provide you with the text you need to include. There are also a lot of audio files available that do not require attribution.
Option #3: Purchase your own royalty free music tracks
If you can’t find a music track you like in the Content Samurai audio library or the YouTube audio library, another option is to buy the rights to a music track from one of the many sites online that specialise in Royalty Free music.
The way this works is that you search for a track you like, and then pay a license fee to use the track for your videos. Be careful to check that you have the rights to upload and use the music track on YouTube and whether you can monetize your YouTube videos. It’s always best to read the licensing terms and conditions carefully.
One example of a site offering royalty free music tracks are www.PremiumBeat.com
Once you’ve purchased the music track of your choice, you can upload it to Content Samurai and select it as the background music for your video.
Common Copyright Myths
Myth #1: If I put a disclaimer in my video description I’ll be OK
Some people put a disclaimer in their description that says something like “Song Title: Shake It Off. Copyright Taylor Swift. No copyright violation intended”.
Unfortunately, these type of statements do NOT release you from your legal responsibilities and you can still be held accountable for copyright infringement.
Myth #2: I can just find a free music file online and use it in my video
There are some sites online that offer free royalty free music files, but it is very difficult to know where the files have come from, and whether they are really free of copyright.
Myth #3: I didn’t monetize my video so it doesn’t matter what music track I use
Even if you don’t monetize your video on YouTube, you still need to make sure that you respect the copyrights of the original artist. Your videos can still be rejected, and your account shut down, despite the fact that you did not monetize your videos.
As a video creator, it’s important that you are aware of your copyright responsibilities. To avoid legal problems you should only use audio tracks that you specifically have the rights to use. Also when buying music tracks you should always read the terms and conditions carefully to make sure that you can use the tracks as intended.
YouTube Terms Of Service: https://www.youtube.com/t/terms
YouTube and Fair Use: https://www.youtube.com/yt/copyright/fair-use.html
YouTube and Copyright: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/2797466
Copyright FAQ: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/2797449