music in your films

You want Ed Sheeran music in your wedding film? Be prepared to pay big for the license. It could cost thousands to use one track.

Many videographers use copyrighted music without licenses, but they are breaking the law if they don't have a license to use those tracks.

As wedding videos are commercial projects these aren’t covered by a personal use license like the one you get when you buy a track on iTunes.

When you try and upload the film to YouTube, they will almost certainly certainly flag your video and prevent you from uploading it. Facebook do similar but they mute the sound. Even worse is if the record company sees your video using their music, they could sue to videomaker.

We won't risk it. We use a couple of subscription services Soundstripe, Musicbed and Epidemic Sound which have thousands of tracks that we can use without fear of the video being removed from social media or us being sued down the line.

Musicbed is by far our favourite site, with thousands of high quality tracks from artists like Chptrs, The Light The Heat and Into the Ivy.  We have created a playlist on Spotify of Ten of our favourite tracks.  Spend some time listening to our playlist.

 

Next time you see a wedding video with a 'popular' or 'well known' track, ask yourself, did the videographer pay for the license.

If you have any other questions about music, please contact us.

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