Question: Why are some music copyright free?

As Chris from our team explains in this video, the copyright free or royalty free music definition simply means that no one owns the copyright to said music and no royalties must be paid. When you work with a royalty free music site, youre essentially purchasing the license to whatever track it is you want.

Why are some songs not copyrighted?

(1) A song may belong to the public domain due to different reasons: Because it was always in the public domain since they never had copyright or were even created before the existence of copyright. Because the authors have explicitly put the work in the public domain.

Its perfectly safe to use copyrighted music on YouTube, as long as you obtain the permission from the copyright owner. If you have the budget, negotiate with the publisher if youre looking to license commercial music. License production / stock music from a music library / composer.

In the end, royalty free means a licensee can use a work without owning the copyright or paying royalties on a per use basis. Copyright free means the copyright itself has expired or a second party has acquired the right to use that work.

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