Can I post a fan made music video on YouTube? #QuestionTime
Want to learn how YouTube’s copyright system works and how to legally use copyrighted music in YouTube videos?
Many YouTubers are convinced that usings copyrighted music in YouTube videos is a surefire way for getting your account penalised and your video muted or removed altogether. The reality isn’t that harsh but you do need to understand how to legally use copyrighted music on YouTube to avoid copyright strikes if you are thinking of creating a video that uses your favourite artist’s music.
In short – YES – you absolutely can use copyrighted music on YouTube, as long as you get the permission from the copyright holder.
YouTube employs a robust system called Content ID that allows copyright owners to identify and to manage how their content is used on YouTube. Every video uploaded to YouTube is scanned against the Content ID database to detect if it contains any copyrighted music or video.
If you do not have the correct copyright permission and are sing commercial music as the background for your YouTube video this might violate copyright law. The music rights holder could issue a copyright claim on your video, resulting in the video being taken down or the audio stripped from it.
It is worth noting that the copyright owners, not YouTube, get to decide what to do with videos that contain their work. Copyright owners are able to set Content ID to block uploads that match a copyrighted work that they own the rights too. They can also allow the claimed content to remain on YouTube with ads. In these cases, the advertising revenue goes to the copyright owners of the claimed content.
If you’re using music for commentary, news, or some non-profit causes you may (!) be able to use it legally under “fair use” doctrine of the copyright law.
Stay safe and take care,
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