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Licensing music for commercial use
Commercial use refers to any use of a product or service intended for financial gain. When it comes to using music for commercial use, the music is the product or service meant to increase sales for the person or company that has licensed it. Sound effects are also considered music in this case. The definition of “commercial use” can be a bit murky. Adding music to a video game that customers must buy or into an advertisement meant to generate income is clearly commercial use. But what about background music added into a YouTube video of a goofy dog? At first glance, that video is not intended for commercial use but if the video aims to generate followers which will result in increased ad revenue, is that commercial use? Even if the licensee is not directly selling a product, it is still necessary to obtain a license for any copyrighted music used. The safest route is to license royalty-free music in a few quick clicks.
Music licensing for video
There are several common misconceptions to be aware of if you intend to use copyrighted music in a video. If you come across a music track on the internet that claims to be available for free listening or download, this does not mean you have a license to use the track in a video. Many people also falsely assume that giving credit to a band or song composer automatically grants a license to use their music in a video. In most cases, however, if you want to use a song in a video, you will need to specifically request two different licenses: the sync license and the master license. The sync license will come from the music publisher while the master license is held by the recording label. The easiest way to ensure you have the rights to use a song in your video is to license royalty-free tracks found in an audio library such as PremiumBeat.
Licensing music for podcasts
If you would like to use a copyrighted song in an upcoming episode of your podcast, you are going to need a sync license. This is because the music is synced with the larger audio program. The person who owns the copyright to a song may not want their music associated with a given podcast, making these licenses difficult to obtain. There is no limit on compensation, which means that the copyright owner can set a very high price. The podcaster must also obtain a license from every rights-holder, which may very well include the record label, publishing companies, and songwriter. To save time and money, simply search the PremiumBeat library. Use the filters to narrow down the exact sort of sound you’d like to feature on your show. Add your chosen song to your cart, select the license that meets your needs, and download. Edit into your podcast and you’re good to go.
Music licensing for commercials
To use a song in a TV or radio commercial, you will generally need both a sync and master license. The costs for these vary depending on the intended usage and popularity of the song. If the song is featured in what is considered low-end TV usage, with the song playing from a stereo in the background, for example, the fee could range from free to $2,000 for a 5-year license. In a typical TV or radio commercial in the United States, a well-known song could cost anywhere from $75,000 to $200,000 for one-year national usage. If you would rather spend $199 for commercial music, check out PremiumBeat’s premium license. Find a song that matches the tone of your commercial in our library and pay your one-time fee to use the song in your commercial in perpetuity.
Music licensing for business
If you are a business owner and you would like to play music in your business, you will need the master rights, mechanical rights, and performance rights. This means that if you own a restaurant and you’d like copyrighted music to play over the speakers as your diners enjoy a meal, you will need three music licenses to ensure you are legally covered. Playing such music without a license can result in fines that range from $750 to $150,000. Obtaining three licenses is a complex and time-consuming endeavor. If you would like to offer your customers a unique musical experience, why not create your own playlist with songs discovered within the PremiumBeat library? Search using our advanced filters in order to find musical tracks that match the mood and atmosphere you’d like to create in your place of business.
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