How Can You Legally Use Copyrighted Music On YouTube?

Last updated on August 12th, 2019 at 04:50 pm

If the Internet is a world of searches and results, then YouTube is filled with populations and popularity. Isn’t it incredible that in this digital world, YouTube has taken everyone’s’ interest in its amazing features and functioning?

One of the biggest video streaming websites YouTube, which has 1.9 billion monthly users, and they watch a billion hours video. Talking from its little video uploading feature to offering 80 different languages, ample of things are there which have attracted users in previous days and still the channel acting with the same enthusiasm which it carried during its initial days.

YouTube gives multiple opportunities to its every user and provides a lot of the benefits free of cost. From monetization to bring popularity to your business, you can make the use of the channel in your marketing strategies. But while making use of the channel, it is important to make sure that you follow its community standards and policies which it has designed for its every user.

As a video creator, when you upload content on the platform, you need to ensure that the music you have added on the video is not copied or stolen. And if you are using someone’s music in your YouTube video content, then you should take permission from the track’s owner. You can also show a courtesy signal on your video so that no one could blame you for stealing the music.

If you do not take permission from the track’s owner or do not give music courtesy, then you might face problems for violating the U.S copyright law.

The owner of the track has the right to issue a copyright claim on your video content, which could result in the termination of your video. To avoid such situations, you can use copyrighted music on YouTube legally through some basic steps.

Read on the article and learn how to use copyrighted music in your videos-

Download & Add Copyrighted Music:

1. Open YouTube:

Go to your computer web browser and type in the URL box located at the top of the web browser. You will be navigated on YouTube’s home page where you can upload and watch or search for a specific video of your own choice.

How Can You Legally Use Copyrighted Music On YouTube- Open YouTube

If you are not automatically logged into your YouTube account, then you need to enter your registered email address followed by the password tab. There is also an option to connect with your Google account directly, but it is up to you what you prefer. Choose either of these two option to log in to your YouTube account.

How Can You Legally Use Copyrighted Music On YouTube - Sign In button

Once you entered your email address and password, click on the sign-in button to proceed.

2. Click Your Profile Icon:

Once you logged in to your YouTube account, you need to go to the profile icon; it is a circle like structure with your image located at the top-right corner of the page.

How Can You Legally Use Copyrighted Music On YouTube -Click The Profile Icon

3. Click YouTube Studio (beta):

If you click on the profile icon, then you will see a drop-down menu appear, scroll down and select the YouTube Studio(beta) from the drop-down menu.

Click YouTube Studio (beta)

4. Click On Other Features Option:

Once you clicked on YouTube Studio, it will navigate you on a new page where you will see multiple options on the left side of the page. Here, you need to select the “Other features” option from the left side menu.

How Can You Legally Use Copyrighted Music On YouTube - Click On Other Features Option

5. Select Audio Library:

When you click on the “Other features” option, you will be prompted with a shortlist with different options such as “Playlist,” “Live events,” “Live stream now” etc. There, click on the “Audio Library” options located at the bottom of the list.

How Can You Legally Use Copyrighted Music On YouTube - Select Audio Library

6. Select The Free Music Tab:

Once you selected the “Audio Library,” you will be taken to a new page with two different options that are, “Free music” and Sound effects.” Now, go to the “Free music” tab.

How Can You Legally Use Copyrighted Music On YouTube - Select The Free Music Tab

Here, you will see a list of various music, scroll down the menu list, and select any of the free music from the list to listen and examine the restriction of the song. You will find most of the song is free from any restrictions; you can use those songs in your video content undoubtedly.

You will see most of the music are free to be used which will appear with a message, “You’re free to use this song in any of your videos.”

But in many cases, you will find some restrictions to use the music, therefore make sure to pick the track which is free to use. Also, you need to follow some instructions described in the song like,  if you are using any song in your video content then you must obtain a permit from the composer of the music and credit him/her in your video content and the description box. If you want to include any song in your video, then you need to click on the download option (shown by the downward arrow) located next to the song title.

Here, you are free to access any kind of song and filter by various options like genre, mood, instrument, duration, attribution; all these options will be located above the list of tracks.

Find Copyrighted Commercial Music For & Videos:

Many users have shown their interest in using the YouTube commercial music polices section that is user-friendly and contains lots of popular songs which usually come with certain restrictions.

If you want to see the copyrighted commercial music list, then you have to click on the “Have different music in your video?” Check its copyright policies placed in the bar located at the top of the audio library page. Once you clicked on the check, its copyright policies will redirect you on the new page where you will see various music policies.

YouTube Restriction Types:

Each and every song listed in the music policies are followed by certain limitations that are set by the owner of the music to restrict the use of the song on YouTube by users. The owner of the song can restrict the original track as well as the cover track. It may include:

  • A comment where you can add your original track or cover track where you will see a notification that is “This song may be viewable worldwide, viewable everywhere except two countries, not viewable in 74 countries and other similar things.” If you do not want to choose the song that is restricted in any country or blocked in other countries, click on the entry to see the country list which restricts your video.
  • You will see a note on your video content via Ads. This implies that music composer can put promotional Ads on your video in return for utilization of the composer music. If you don’t like the Ads of the music composer that monetizing your video content, then you may need to go for the free songs shown in the audio library section because the major copyrighted track has this disclaimer.

In some cases, you may see that “this track is not available for your video content” and a warning sign will appear that your video may be blocked if you use this track, go with another free track don’t use it.”

Many videos are listed as viewable worldwide at the time of broadcasting like “Gangnam Style” from Psy and “Uptown Funk” from Mark Ronson etc. in the other hand wiz Khalifa “see you again” is banned in 249 countries.

If you are using commercial songs legally on Your YouTube video background, then you need to be careful because YouTube doesn’t give you right to use it anywhere you want. Copyright holders have the right to change the permissions they grant for the music anytime.