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NON-COPYRIGHTED MUSIC FOR YOUTUBE
If you are a YouTuber, then you might have faced copyright infringement where your video might have been taken down by YouTube. It can be either due to a copyrighted music or video.
I know it feels pretty bad when we work so hard for a video only to be taken down.
Well, not anymore.
If you are facing the problem of music copyright infringement, then in this article, I will introduce 5 websites from where you can download non-copyrighted music absolutely for free.
So, if you are ready to explore them, then let’s just begin.
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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU USE COPYRIGHTED MUSIC?
Suppose you made a video having a piece of licensed music in it such as any popular song or music.
As soon as you upload it on YouTube, YouTube algorithm (content ID) starts analyzing your video & will detect any copyrighted material.
Once they recognize it, they will email you asking whether you have the written permission from the original creator.
If you have the permission, you can email them back. But in case, if you don’t have any legal proof, there are possibly two choices.
- You can use the music in your video & it won’t be taken down. But whatever revenue your video generates will directly be credited to the original creator.
- Or you can remove copyrighted material from your video & keep all the revenue.
If you are using your own music and still got a copyright strike, then in such cases, you can file a dispute.
However, you must have some patience because it takes a little time to resolve such matters.
5 BEST WEBSITE FOR FREE MUSIC
1. YOUTUBE AUDIO LIBRARY
We all know that YouTube takes down videos which are having copyrighted material. But many of them don’t know that YouTube also provides free music & sound effects which is absolutely free to use.
Youtube Audio Library was started back in 2013 with a few 100 songs/music. But now, it has grown to over 1,000.
You will get high-quality 320kbps sound effects & audio tracks which you can filter by mood, genre or duration.
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, reducing the problem.
How to access YouTube Audio Library?
- Go to creator studio > create.
- Here, you can find the Audio library dashboard.
- Now, you can either choose free music or sound effects.
- After selecting any of them, you can simply click “download icon” to download the music.
- If you find an “attribution-required icon” next to the music. Make sure to give the 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.
Their sounds have 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 credit 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 for YouTube. This site is created by Kevin MacLeod and has a lot of free music which you can sort out by genre & feel.
However, here also, you need to give the credits to the original creator (Kevin MacLeod)
How To Give Credit?
You can write the below sentence in your video description for giving credit to the original creator.
Title: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
Here, you just need to replace the title 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. 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.
If you are using them, you need to give credit to the original source within your video.
How to give credit?
As they have not specified how to give credits. So, I’ll share my experience.
If you are using their music, you can either give credit in your video description or you can give credit in the outro of your video.
You should give credit in such a manner that your audience 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.
So, do a proper research and read their guidelines before using them. You can learn more by going through their about page.
NCS has a YouTube channel by the name Nocopyrightsounds where they upload all free music.
They also have a website by the name NCS where you can sort all music by categories, most viewed, and playlists.
If you are using their music, you have to give credit in your video description.
NCS Music is free for all independent creators & they can also use them on Twitch.
However, there are some restrictions on the brand & commercial organization who are interested in using their music on YouTube or anywhere else.
They need to get in touch at [email protected] to get a permission. So, if you are a brand or a company, make sure to take their permission.
How to give credit?
When using their music in your videos, you MUST comply with the following:
- Include the full title of the track (Stating the music was provided by NoCopyrightSounds)
- Include a link to the actual video of the track used on NCS YouTube channel.
- 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 have used both of them and never faced any problem. Even though I have tested other websites too, but still, I have a gut feeling of copyright infringement from these websites.
Now, this is just my personal opinion. You can experiment with whatever works best for you.
But do remember that, before using any of them, please be sure to read their guidelines & act accordingly.
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