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Updated on August 30, 2017

Why Not Be Legal?

Music is vital for many types of Internet content. Background audio for video clips, pod casts, or web pages. Do you know about licensing? It is really important that you use music legally. This will take some effort on your part. Make sure, however, that you are legal.

Music clips, much like images, etc, are subject to copyright. Basically, the law protects the original producers of music. As you may know, the music industry has taken a lot of steps to have these rights rigidly protected. The various companies actively seek instances where people have copied music onto the Internet. When these are found, the companies check that the user is properly licensed. If not, there may be penalties levied.

The penalties can be severe indeed. In some famous cases, people have been fined thousands of dollars as a result of their use of music. This is serious. The actions of regular people, with no illegal intent, have resulted in financial loss. The simple use of music on a video, or elsewhere, can result in a major penalty. For this reason, you really should make sure that you are legally using all music on your web content.

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Music Licenses

Music used on the Internet needs to be licensed. That means that you need to be allowed to use music.But what does that mean? It means that you have some sort of authorization for the usage of the music. These are your rights which are conveyed by the originator of the music.

There are various types of licenses.

Personal Use Rights

The basic usage right, allows you to use the music, (listen to it). Typically, this is only for your own purpose. You usually cannot copy music to the Internet. Quite simply, you don't have much ability to use the music. You can listen, and that's about it. This type of license is essentially for broadcasts, such as a radio station.

Private Label Rights

Private label rights allows the use of a music track on a video clip, pod cast, etc. You can use the track for your own reasonable purposes. If the length is not perfect, you will be able to lengthen, or shorten. You can also make other adjustments, such as shifting the tempo or pitch.

Master Resale Rights

If you are selling a product that uses music, you need master resale rights, or MRR. This allows you to commercially distribute a video clip for a client, one that includes music. If you are using music on your own site, you likely don't need this license. Essentially, with MRR you can do nearly anything with the music. It provides you with the most flexibility.

Obviously if you are using music in a video, you need to be sure of your license. If you have ads on the video, you need a commercial use license. If you are selling the video to someone, you need a resale license, (and commercial).

When you use music in a video, the hosting company may analyze the tune to see if it is legal. They have been subjected to many "take-down" requests. These have been issued by organizations that own licenses to audio tracks. In order to protect themselves, they continually monitor the Internet looking for instances where their material is used without license.

Organizations that own music, or other types of content, need to ensure that their work continues to hold value. If people use it everywhere, the valid uses are diluted. This negatively affects the worth of the content. If you use music that is owned by someone else, you could be subjected to the actions of the music owners. At best, you will have your work deleted, at worst, you could be sued.

Many people have been hit with financial penalties due to them using content that they did not have licenses for. Make sure that you are not one of the unlucky ones. Get legal music first! Always use tunes for which you have the rights. Stay legal!

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      Sandy Mertens 

      3 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I do agree with you on this hub.

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      stella vadakin 

      4 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      Hi, Nice Hub.


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