Music Licensing Firm Offers Cheap Licenses For YouTube Videos
from the but,-um,-what-about-free? dept
The New York Times is reporting that music licensing firm Rumblefish is trying to help people making YouTube videos avoid takedowns or the dreaded YouTube ContentID “silencing” by offering music that can be licensed for YouTube videos at $1.99 per song (for non-commercial purposes only). While it’s at least somewhat good to see music licensing firms recognizing that this market isn’t going to buy hugely expensive licenses, and trying to adjust to handle this new market, it sort of ignores the fact that there are still a ton of Creative Commons and similarly licensed (or public domain) music out there that they can use. Since the Rumblefish catalog in this offer doesn’t include any major label music or “big name” artists, it seems like those who might be interested in such a thing could probably find just as good, if not better, Creative Commons-licensed music. On top of that, this is the same Rumblefish who caused some problems last year when it claimed licensing rights over some public domain music, pissing off a bunch of YouTube users.