Monday, January 5, 2015

Using YouTube's Audio Library

YouTube Audio Library image
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YouTube has become quite the profit center, thanks to the Content ID feature that determines if someone is using one of your songs on a video. You then have the ability to either force the video to be taken down, or monetize it (and you keep all the money). Until recently, the problem was that most YouTube users didn't know what songs were available or what might happen if they used them before they uploaded their video.

That's all changed as the platform's Audio Library now allows someone to check on the availability and consequences of using a song on their video before they even make the video.

The video library now offers a array of free songs and sound effects, as well as outlines the availability of popular songs.

As you can see from the screen shot the left, the Library now shows in what territories an ad-supported popular song is available, if you can monetize the video or not (which is usually never), and the current popularity of the video.

For the free category, you have the option of hearing the song, searching by genre, mood, instrument or genre.

If you want to check out your own music, just put the song or artist name in the search box.

The Audio Library can be found by going to Creator Studio, then looking under the Create category.


Robert Weber said...

I recently posted a video that is a medley of two copyrighted songs (of which I own neither - although I did obtain the mechanicals for the CD and download versions of the songs). I included copyright attribution in the description field. I'm just wondering how Youtube handles this split. Do you have any information on this? Love the podcast, blog and books! Robert Weber

Bobby Owsinski said...

Did you recut the songs or are you using the original recordings, Robert?

Anonymous said...

The terms and conditions do not appear to rule out using the tracks on non video productions:

"Your use of this music library (including the music files in this library) is subject to the YouTube Terms of Service. Music from this library is intended solely for use by you in videos and other content that you create."

Would you read into this that the music could be used in podcasts and radio commercials for example?


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