So You Want To License Some Music For That YouTube Video...

from the you-want-to-do-what-now-with-the-whotube? dept

Ray Beckermann points us to an opinion piece by Shelly Palmer, who is President of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Palmer's article is officially about why it's dumb for music publishers to join in the mad rush to sue Google/YouTube over not getting royalties for songs used in YouTube videos. However, he actually makes a point that goes well beyond the futility of suing, by showing how ridiculous the licensing process is today. Basically, there are numerous different rights that you need to secure, and each may require a different negotiation with a different party -- and almost no one makes it easy to figure out who you need to talk to about what. In other words, even if people did want to properly license the music playing in their background while making a home video of their toddler dancing, it's probably not even possible.

Filed Under: copyright, licensing
Companies: youtube


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    background music at JewelBeat (profile), 28 Jul 2010 @ 11:17pm

    Re: Agreed

    i know we are a little late for you but for those out there in the present whose creativity are dampened by legalities, do look out for royalty free music as they are affordable and most clear you completely to use with no other extra fees. Alternatively search for free royalty free music. http://www.jewelbeat.com/ where I am attached with has over 500 and counting free music and effects to help you start out.

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