How can I legally use copyrighted music?

How can I legally use copyrighted music

The times when you could take any track you liked and put it into your videos are long gone. YouTube, Tiktok, Instagram, and Facebook are tightly tightening the screws: they block videos, music, or even accounts, making it difficult for affiliates to drain already difficult.

Of course, there are still loopholes today and many tracks are still available, but copyright is getting stronger and stronger, absorbing thousands of pieces of content from social media every day. Today we’ll talk about how to legally bypass copyright and promote your video on social networks and video platforms. Is it possible to use only copyright free music? How to Bypass Music Copyright? And how to solve the problem “the sound in your video is partially muted” on social networks?

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Rights and use of works

Authors have two types of rights: personal non-property rights and the exclusive right to work.

Personal non-property rights include the right of authorship and the right of the author to a name (that is, the right to use or permit the use of work under his name, pseudonym, or without specifying a name). These rights are inalienable and are protected by law indefinitely.

The right to inviolability means that someone else’s work cannot be changed: cropped, mixed, or supplemented without the consent of the author. This right can be transferred to another person, but it is also protected indefinitely.

There is also the right to make the work public (the right to carry out or consent to the implementation of an action that will make the work publicly available for the first time). The right to publish a work belongs to the author from the moment of creation of the work and is protected indefinitely, however, it can be transferred by agreement to other persons.

The exclusive right to work is the right to use someone else’s work in any form and in any way (there are 11 forms of use of a work in total, depending on the categories of copyright). In the case of music, this can be distribution, publication, processing, placement on the Internet.

The method of using the work must be discussed with the author: for example, if you have received permission to publish an expired track on the Internet, you cannot distribute the original work under your name.

When using archival musical works and other materials, it is important to remember: the author owns the exclusive right to the work during his life and for another 70 years after his death. But the right of authorship, the right to a name, and the right to inviolability of work must be respected in any case. For example, to have the right to freely use the music of Tchaikovsky, who died in November 1893, one had to wait until 1964.

If you want to legally use someone else’s track of modern music or group, ask the author for permission to publish (this way you will receive the rights to use) and indicate his name (and respect the personal moral rights of the author).

10 ways to legally add your favorite track to your creative

  1. Use open libraries of sounds and music (Youtube, BBC, etc.)
  2. Slow down / speed up the music track by 3-5%
  3. Glue an additional effect to the main track
  4. Add a similar background melody under the main track
  5. Edit to the rhythmic beat of the music. Feel this moment. It is important
  6. Buy a subscription to trusted services with commercial music licenses such as
  7. Openly use a popular track, indicating the author in the caption to the video. The author will then share the ad revenue with you.
  8. As a last resort, you can use a live recording by removing noise or adding effects.
  9. Before uploading a video, check the authorship in the “Music Terms of Use”
  10. Always end on a logical musical moment. A video that ends in the middle of a chorus or when development is heard does not sound very good.


The fight for the false use of tracks and the observance of copyright has been going on for decades. And in the days of offline, the issue was decided by money between the studios and was not available to the townsfolk. With the growing popularity of social networks, you could find any suitable track for your video, download, edit the video, post it on YouTube or Instagram and enjoy the likes. But now services like YouTube are trying to cover up the rear and prohibit content with other people’s music. Today, for this you can very easily grab a ban, after which your video is deleted without asking permission.

Use other people’s works correctly and honestly so that there are no problems with the law and so as not to question your brand name.