Wouldn’t it be great if you can use your favorite song as your podcast’s outro, intro, or background music? In a perfect world, it is allowed! However, in real life, music licensing and copyright laws make using awesome music a little challenging to navigate.
Since most music is subject to copyright, artists protect their music and get just compensation each time it’s used. Let’s get something straight: using copyrighted music on your podcast is illegal. You might be able to get away with doing so for a while but eventually, someone will call you out for it.
Most record companies have a team of lawyers that track down individuals who violate copyright laws. They can have your podcast taken down or in worst case scenarios, sue you for violation. Fortunately, there are still music you can use that won’t get you into any legal trouble.
Creative Commons music gives artists the opportunity to share their compositions with the world absolutely free. While Creative Commons licenses can come in all varieties, they often allow people to use a piece of music without asking permission, provided they give the artist credit.
A song’s copyright will eventually expire. When it does, the track will become part of the public domain where anyone can use it however they want. Many older music like classics as well as some old children’s songs now belong to the public domain.
As the name implies, royalty-free music means you are not required to pay any royalties to the artist each time the music is used. Creative Commons music is an example of royalty-free music. Royalty-free music can also include songs that need a subscription or those that require a one-time payment.
It is reassuring to know there’s no shortage of awesome podsafe music resources you have access to. All the resources below are considered safe. However, we strongly recommend that you read the terms and service for each song as licenses can vary.
There is no way to get around using your favorite music under the radar. So, yes, don’t even think about it. Below are other prevalent myths about copyrighted music and the truths behind them:
Truth: The copyright law still applies even if you have a small podcast and have no plans of monetising it.
Truth: Although fair use is a legitimate defense to use copyrighted material in some instances, a copyrighted song cannot be used with the intent to claim fair use.
Giving the artist credit won’t exempt you from the copyright law.
Evidently, there’s no shortage of copyright music you can use. As long as you put in the work, it won’t be long until you find the perfect song that will truly embody what your podcast is all about.
Have you found the perfect song for your podcast? Let us know in the comment section below!
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