How to Legally Use Music to Enhance YouTube Videos

DownloadWhen the music industry and the law are placed in the same sentence, it is usually accompanied with the word "unfair." It began in the late 90s with illegal file sharing on sites like Napster and Limewire. Then, in 2005 YouTube busted the door open on the unwavered use digital copyrighted material when millions of users posted videos of their favorite music. Legislation such as the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) have laid the groundwork for how digital media can be regulated used on the internet. However, there is still a lot of unchartered territory on how digital property can be used and shared by consumers. Thankfully, in the midst of all the legal jargon, Cherie Johnson gives simplicity to using music legally to liven up your next YouTube video.

Artists such as Prince have pioneered the way for musicians to have their music shared on the internet on their own terms. With the recent decision made by Taylor Swift to remove all of her music from Spotify, questions on how to experience music in digital world are now at the forefront. In this article Cherie Johnson explains the parameters that the DMCA gives to use music legally in your next YouTube video. See what she has to share on MusicThinkTank.com.

"It's important for musicians, marketers and others who use YouTube to promote a product to understand 21st century copyright laws and how it can effect them if they do not follow certain procedures."

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