[Music] Difference between copyright-free and royalty-free

General

We will explain free materials regarding royalty-free and copyright of photos and music. In modern society, the Internet business has developed greatly, led by YouTubers, and the Internet market has clearly surpassed old media such as television and newspapers. The Internet and web market continues to grow, and it is hoped that it will continue to expand. There are many people who want to include music in their videos. This is where the issue of copyright comes into play. If handled incorrectly, you may end up in a lawsuit.

Copyright royalty

In general, most commercial music is registered with copyright associations, and users are obligated to pay royalties each time they use the music. This is a common pattern, but people who don’t have a lot of money or don’t want to stretch their budget will want to use copyright-free or royalty-free music. When using free copyright-free images, music, and photo materials, please be aware that there will be no problems with royalties. There are licenses for both photography and music. The meaning is that the rights are purchased and fees are charged depending on the extent to which they are used. Please understand before purchasing.

Very big on the website

When it comes to websites, you need to be careful about this concept of rights. Although it is explained in words in terms of use, etc., it is easy to skip it. When downloading and using content for the purpose of use, it is necessary to confirm all the contents. In business, there is the issue of how to give credit when it comes to copyrighted works, so it is not easy. There may be restrictions on the period of use of the provided designs, so if you are unaware of the law and use them without permission, you may end up in court.

Copyright free

Copyright-free means that the author has completely abandoned the copyright. Users can freely copy the contents of music, illustrations, videos, etc. and post them on their blogs and SNS. At this time, no permission from the copyright holder is required. However, even if it is copyright-free, there are cases where all copyrights are not abandoned. This requires you to read the terms of use of your site. When using it, there is a thing called “state the source”. Let’s check it a little and then consider whether to use music. The copyright-free usage restrictions include the following.

  • Abandon all
  • Not for commercial purposes
  • Cannot be modified
  • Obligation to specify the source
  • Secondary distribution prohibited

Royalty-free

Royalty is the royalty of patents and copyrights. For copyrighted image works, you must pay the creator of the work each time you use it. “Royalty-free” is a free version of this. After paying the license fee for using the image material that is a copyrighted work, it means that you can use the image material without paying the usage fee each time. But this also has its pitfalls. This is because there may be some restrictions depending on the service. Be careful in the following cases.

  • Royalty-free for a limited time
  • Limited number of uses Royalty-free
  • Secondary distribution prohibited
  • Cannot be modified
  • Not for commercial purposes
  • Obligation to specify the source

It may lead to a trial

In this way, royalty-free and copyright-free, so you can use it as much as you want, and you don’t always want to do it. In fact, if you break the rules, your membership registration may be deleted. In some cases, music publishers and authors may sue and lead to trials. Be sure to read the terms of use when using music, as this can cost you a lot of money and can be quite painful. There are as many people in modern society as youtube, especially those who want to use free music. Let’s check it properly.

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