NON-COPYRIGHTED MUSIC FOR YOUTUBE
If you are an online video creator having a YouTube channel, the probability is that you might have faced copyright infringement. There are many videos on Youtube that are taken down on daily basis.
In fact being a Youtuber, I had a couple of videos taken down by Youtube due to the same issue.
It feels pretty bad when we work so hard for a video, only to be taken down.
Well, not anymore.
There are websites which share free music for Youtube or for any platform. They are non-copyrighted music or falls into a creative commons license. But, the only thing you need to do is give them credit.
So today, I will be showing you 5 websites from where you can download royalty free music for Youtube.
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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU USE COPYRIGHTED MUSIC?
Suppose you made a video having a copyrighted music such as any popular song or music.
As soon as you upload it to YouTube, Youtube algorithm (content ID) start analyzing your video & will detect copyrighted music.
Once they know it, they will e-mail you with the written permission from the original creator.
If you have the written permission, you can email them. But in case, you don’t have any legal proof, there are possibly two choices.
- You can use the music & your video won’t be taken down. But whatever revenue will be generated from your video will directly be credited to the original creator.
- You can remove copyrighted music from YouTube audio library & keep all the revenue.
There are cases when you get copyright violation strike even if you are using your own music. In such cases, you can file a dispute, but you should have patience as it will take time.
So now, without any further ado, let’s see websites that provide free music for Youtube.
5 BEST WEBSITE FOR FREE MUSIC
Below are the 5 best websites for free music which you can use in your videos. Also, it is a good practice that you should credit them in your video description which will help them for more exposure.
Now, lets head on to those websites.
1. YOUTUBE AUDIO LIBRARY
We all know that Youtube takes down videos containing copyrighted music. But many of them don’t know that Youtube itself provides free music & sound effects to use which is absolutely free.
Youtube Audio Library was started back in 2013 with a few 100 songs/music, but now it has grown to have more than 1000 free Youtube music.
You will get high-quality 320kbps sound effects & audio tracks which you can filter by mood, genre, duration, etc.
Why are they providing free music for Youtube videos?
If Youtube provides free music, then there will be less copyright infringement which means less stealing of music.
Thus, It is good practice for them as they don’t have to deal much with copyright violation on daily basis.
How to access YouTube Audio Library?
- Go to creator studio > create.
- It will open an Audio library dashboard.
- Now, you can either go for free music or sound effects.
- You can simply click down arrow icon to download the music.
- If you find an attribution-required icon next to the music. Make sure to give credit to the original artist in your video description.
PacDV is a great website which provides free royalty sounds for filmmakers, sound designers, music producers, film students, and multimedia developers.
There sounds has been featured in various independent films, videos & television shows. They provide sound effects in various genres such as ambiance, domestic, machines, interfaces etc.
While using their sound, they want you to link back to their site or give credits in your video description.
However, you cannot re-sell or re-license their sounds as they are against their rules.
Incompetech is a great website to find free music on Youtube. This site was created by Kevin MacLeod and has a lot of music which you can sort out as per genre & feel.
However here also, whichever music you will use for your video project. Please be sure to credit the original creator (Kevin MacLeod)
How To Give Credit?
You can write the below sentence as giving credit to the original creator.
Title Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
Here replace title word with the music title. You can check out their FAQ page for more details.
It is a community music remixing site having remixes and samples licensed under Creative Commons licenses. You are free to download music from this site.
It allows you to listen to music, create mashups and much more. However, some songs might have some restrictions, depending on their specific licenses. You need to give credit to the source within your video.
How to give credit?
As they have not specified how to give credits. So, I’ll share as per my experience.
If available, you can either give credit in your video description or you can give credit at the outro of your video in case you can’t find any description box.
You should give credit in such a manner that the person can easily find the credits. But I wouldn’t recommend this site much because there are few cases of getting copyright strike even after giving credits.
You can learn about them more by going through their about page.
NCS has a Youtube channel by the name Nocopyrightsounds where they upload all free music. But they also have a website by the name NCS website where you can sort all music by categories, most viewed, and playlists etc.
Though, you have to give credits for the music being used in your video description.
NCS Music is free for all independent Creators & can use their music on Youtube & Twitch.
However, there are some restrictions on the brand & commercial organization interested in using NCS music on Youtube or anywhere else.
They need to get in touch at [email protected] before using their music.
How to give credit?
When using their music in your content you MUST comply with the following as per their website:
Include the full title of the track (Stating the music was provided by NoCopyrightSounds)
Include a link to the video of the track used on NCS YouTube.
Credit the artist(s) of the track by including links to their social media.
Music Provided by NoCopyrightSounds:
Artist name – Music Title: video link
You can check out their info page for more details.
CONCLUSION – ROYALTY FREE MUSIC FOR YOUTUBE
Personally, I use these two websites to add background music to my tutorials & presentation. Even though I have tested other websites too, but still, I have a gut feeling of copyright infringement from these websites.
Now, this is my personal opinion. You need to experiment with what works best for you. But do remember, before using any music from them, please be sure to read their guidelines & act accordingly.
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