My Experience with Music Rights on YouTube


Author: Chia Ying Tsai

Have you ever had the experience where you walk around in the city and your eyes start guiding you while images start to appear and develop inside your head. All of a sudden you can see that the perfect idea you had is turning into a short film playing in your mind. Somehow you think that there must be something you can do to bring this idea to life and share it to the world. That is me most of the time, connecting the dots inside my head, picturing how life and objects can be seen from various perspectives. I then turn them into short videos or even video blogs.

My experience

When I was in high school, I made my first video and created my own YouTube account just for the purpose of sharing my work to the world. I was so excited about my first work being published on the internet. Things were going smoothly until that next day I got a notification from YouTube asking me to take down my video. What can a high school kid possibly do so wrong that YouTube was asking me to take my video down? Soon I realized the reason behind this was because I had violated the copyrights of the song I used in my video. Back then I barely knew anything about copyright laws, neither from the aspect of photos nor music. So I looked up “How music rights are managed on social media platforms”  more specifically YouTube and what I learned amazed me.

Sharing content on YouTube with a proper audio license

According to “ YouTube Creator Academy “, licensing plays an important role when it comes to using music that does not belong to you. Licensing can vary by countries, so if you want to use a license or give one out from your own it is wiser to look for professional legal advice. Tracking down licenses can be hard, and that’s why YouTube Audio Library provides sufficient royalty-free audio such as background music and sound effects for users who have problems understanding the use of a license. With a solution such as YouTube Audio Library, I wouldn’t have to worry about violating any copyrights of the artist and share my content to my audience.

YouTube also has its own page explaining the restriction use of copyright music content. You can read it here. It explains the policy and consequences when using music license for different purposes. Like I mentioned earlier, YouTube does have its own music and sound effects library for customers to use, according to the statement of the license. Besides YouTube audio library, there are also multiple royalty-free music websites. But be aware that not all royalty-free music can be used for all purposes. So before you look for the background music of your next work, make sure to read through “terms and conditions” carefully.

Did you make the same experience as me? Please share your thoughts below in the comment section.


About Christelle Delaleuf

Christelle writes about plagiarism, education or new events about PlagScan. She is from France has been living in Germany for 10 years and traveled in different places like Canada or Austria before settling down. Advocate for fair education, she lends her pen in order to help students and teachers to develop creative writing and critical thinking.

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