According to the law, whether you are using music in your online video (YouTube, Vimeo), website (business or personal), and even brick & mortar store (coffee shop, clothing store, gym, etc.) you must have the proper license to use that music. This is called public performance rights. Many of the major businesses you walk into and hear music playing have paid for the public performance rights to use the music.
What Is Considered Public Performance?
Public performance is when music is played/used outside of your personal friends and family. Music being played at events with a large gathering can also be considered by law as a public performance. Public performance laws are enforced by performing rights organizations such as BMI, ASCAP, and GMR)
Where Should I License Royalty Free Music?
Trying to license popular hit songs can be outright impossible and also very very expensive. This is often why you hear commercials and videos using songs that sound almost exactly like a well known song, but just different enough to avoid lawsuit. If you absolutely have to use the popular song for your project you will have to negotiate with the copyright holders and work out a deal for Synchronization and Performance Rights. If you do not necessarily need to use a popular track you can look at licensing original royalty free music online.
Our website licenses royalty free urban music (Hip Hop, LoFi) to be used both with performing as well as synchronization. With our licenses you can used the instrumental in your store or business, use it on your website homepage, use the instrumental in your YouTube video as background or intro music, all without any limitations. You do not need to worry about play amounts, view limits etc. You simply pay a one time licensing fee and you can used the instrumental how you see fit. This allows you to focus on other more important areas of your business.
We have licensed music to companies such as: Gatorade, UnderArmor, Pittsburg Steelers, Big Fish Games etc. As well as licensed music to popular YouTube Channels such as: Jeffrey Starr, Buzz Feed, MovieClips, Rap Battles of History, Cartoon Network and more.