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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Can I use music I purchased in my video?

Generally, when you purchase music, you are only buying rights to play it for yourself and generally can't copy it and distribute it...  the safest thing to do would be to use some of the music YouTube has gotten permission for use in their users' videos...

If you are really set in using a particular piece of music, go ahead and use it...  but be prepared to have your video removed by YouTube if the owner of the copyright makes a complaint...

Follow these other suggestions:
  1. Do not include the entire piece of music in the video...  mix it up with other songs...  this way, you are not giving away the music you purchased for free.  If the viewers of your video like the music, they may go out and buy it for themselves...

  2. Give credit to the artist by displaying the complete song title and the artist's name...  you can include it in the ending credits of the video or in the description of the video...

  3. Even better...  become an affiliate of a music web site and add a link to the music or album...  since you are helping the artist make money, this may make them consider your video to be a form of free advertising and will not ask YouTube to remove it.
If anyone has other suggestions, please leave a comment.

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