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This page and its subpages will guide you through how to legally reuse others' music in your video projects. It will also provide information and resource on what to do if you video is flagged for copyright infringement due to the use of copyrighted music.
When you are considering using music in your video, you may be using a clip or using an entire song to complement your audiovisual materials. The world of copyright and music licensing is a complex system, but you can follow these simple steps and use the resources provided on each subpage to find the perfect music for your video.
Consider the options below, preferably in sequential order. As you move down the list, you will find that the options require more steps and potentially more license fees to comply with U.S. copyright law. Each step has its own subpage, which is linked in the list below and on the left-hand navigation menu.
Finally, even if you are complying with the law, sometimes your video can get flagged for copyright infringement. You can file a counter-notification with big-name video platforms, such as YouTube and Vimeo. Read more about this on the Video Flagged for Copyright Infringement page.