As I create more and more videos with animoto, which piece of music I could use become critical. Animoto uses an audio track, mostly music, to drive the presentation of the video. However, I cannot arbitrarily use any MP3 file I find on the internet, as each piece of music was created by someone and there is a copyright. The licensing involved would dictate what rights I’d need to get in order to use the music as background.
So far, I’ve found 2 legal routes:
- Get formal licensing of the piece of music, which could be done mechanically via HFA, more info at NMPA. BTW, these rules likely apply only in the US, other countries have potentially different rules.
- Use music with the Creative Commons licensing. Some sites for music with this licensing are:
People do make a living off their creations, so copyrights, rights to use and money are intertwined. It’s more complicated than maybe necessary, with non-creators, some necessary, in the music supply chain involved.
People like me who just want to create personal videos (and other things), with great tools from folks like animoto, are spending unnecessary time trying to understand licensing, and not to be tangled up in the cob web of rights and money. It is important to attribute creation rights and to pay for their services. There is no hassle-free, cost effective way to use music or other digital content that I come across. Instead, I’ve to search for content with free to use licenses.
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