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Hey guys. I need your advice please.

Can you please check my YouTube video and its description and please tell me if this is the right (legal) way to link to music that I'm using that the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgI_pyGBKjs (music is from Jamendo)

I'm clueless about this stuff and can't find any info. I want to start a new channel with lots of videos like that (using Jamendo music) planned and have 2 questions: 1) Is that the right (and legal) way to reference free music like that? 2) Is it OK to monetize such videos on YouTube or that's not allowed?

Thank you very much!

asked Apr 17 '12 at 14:04

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Youtube will not monetize video's background music, even if the music is royalty free. You have to not check the box saying it has background music. Royalty free music counts as your own. I had the same experience.

answered Apr 17 '12 at 18:42

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So, I just don't mention anything, use royalty free music and monetize YouTube? Is that perfectly legal? I don't want to risk.

(Apr 17 '12 at 19:42) mmaximus mmaximus's gravatar image

You need to contact the copyright holder of the video and ask for permission.

answered Apr 17 '12 at 16:04

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That's seriously the only way? I doubt it for some reason. Why would they create Jamendo then (free music for sharing)?

If that's the only way - ask each artist for each track/album - let me know. I'll abandon the idea of using that then.

There are still 2 separate questions that I had (and they are separate):

1) Is that the right (and legal) way to reference free music like that inside YouTube?

2) Is it OK to monetize such videos on YouTube or that's not allowed?

Would appreciate more input ;)

answered Apr 17 '12 at 18:35

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I think I'd be inclined to add it to the credits on the video itself as well but there's not really any 'official' way of doing it. If its genuinely royalty free and available for commercial use then there's no need to reference it at all other than as a courtesy or if the licence requires it. And again, if the licence specifically includes commercial use then I can't see that there's any objection to monetizing in any form. It's a question of not looking a gift horse in the mouth I would have thought!

(Apr 18 '12 at 11:26) Cornelia Cornflake Cornelia%20Cornflake's gravatar image
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