Putting Music On Your Site Or Video

August 5, 2009 - Filed under: Recommendations,web design — Tags:

One of the big problems with putting music on your website or video is that unless you own the song and performance you could run into trouble keeping it online.

Techdirt tells the story of man who found a song in public domain to use in the video to promote his charity. It turns out that even though the song was in public domain the performance wasn’t. So it looks like you are probably only safe if you preform the music yourself and have written the songs or are preforming music in the public domain.

Fortunately, as pointed out in the article, there is another more practical solution. It is Creative Commons-licensed music. Creative Commons (CC) is a non-profit organization devoted to expanding the range of creative works available for others to build upon legally and to share. Creative Commons is growing slowly, but may just catch on as more performers get fed up with their record companies heavy handed tactics, like as suing their own fans.

So if you are thinking of adding music to your site, blog or video I highly recommend searching for “Creative Commons” and if you would like more information on the Techdirt story that inspired this post.

Read Copyright Conundrum: Was ‘Public Domain’ Music Silenced On YouTube?

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