Tips for Posting Copyrighted Music on YouTube, Part 1

Statute of RyAnne

A few weeks ago a reader wrote in with a question about using non-original music in a piece they are putting together. The distribution method for their creative work is, for now, only going to be on YouTube. Below are some of their questions,

  • What type of permissions do I need, if any?
  • Everyone is doing it, why can’t I?
  • Is a cover of a song different from putting the original song up there?
  • What type of liability do I open myself up to, if I am to do it?

These were all really great questions and so much material that it is going to take two blog posts to fully answer them. Be sure to tune in next week.

First, it is necessary to understand how copyright works in relation to music. As I explained in my post And The GRAMMY® Goes To, for every song you hear…

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