Music is plays a huge part of the experience of a workout. Using the right music in your video can really motivate your clients and allow you to engage with your clients even more with your digital offering.
That said, finding music you can use legally can seem like a daunting task. Here we're highlighting some resources to make the process easier to navigate and understand.
Most music falls under four main categories
This covers just about all popular music. Kanye West's record label wouldn’t be too pleased if you used his tracks without paying first, so unless you’ve got deep pockets, here’s a major key: Keep it legal and only use music from the remaining categories below.
2. Creative Commons
Creative Commons songs are copyrighted but can be used for free if you follow the specific terms and restrictions attached. There are a variety of different CC licenses. For an overview about Creative Commons, have a look at our help article. For more specific information, you can reference the Creative Commons website to get a closer look at the types of licenses and what they mean.
3. Royalty free
Royalty free doesn’t mean free music. It means you pay a one-time or subscription fee to use a music track and then don’t need to pay any royalties thereafter. Some may ask that you provide attribution or credit in return for using the music, and some may actually charge you to use it. Pro tip: Double-check to make sure.
4. Public domain
This refers to music where generally either 1.) the copyright expired or 2.) the copyright owner deliberately placed the song in the public domain. Most public domain resources usually fall under the former; therefore, a lot of the music in this category is really, really old.
Free/Creative Commons music resources
- YouTube Audio Library (Check YouTube's TOS and individual song's licencing notes)
- Free Music Archive (Creative Commons)
Subscription-based royalty free music resource
If you have the budget to pay a small fee for music, the following sites are great resources where you pay a simple subscription fee and you gain unlimited access to a large collection of music and playlists. Their licence policies are clear and easy to follow. They also sound better and you can easily filter down to the specific genre, bpm, mood for your specific workout or class.
Make it legal
Before you incorporate any tunes into your project, you should always check the fine print to make sure you’re abiding by their license. Any workout video found to be violating someone else's copyright will be taken down.
Whether your music is free or paid-for, it’s always important to double-check and make sure you’re abiding by the license terms restrictions attached to that track, and that you’re following any applicable laws. Music licensing is an ever-changing, complex terrain to navigate.
Depending on how you use the music, you may need multiple licenses (one for a public performance and another for synchronization, for example). If you’re ever fuzzy or in doubt, always err on the side of caution and consult an attorney for legal advice surrounding your video’s music needs.
Reporting copyright infringement
Copyright owners reserve the right to submit a DMCA takedown request at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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