As we know, the digital era brings us closer and closer. It makes it easier for us daily to reproduce and produce content, such as videos.
We also know that it is popular to take our favorite music or the music of the moment to get more attention from the audience. After all, a great video needs music, and any video without audio doesn't look professional.
Even in the educational environment, based on hearsay, some teachers advise their students to take 30 seconds or less of the music material to avoid copyright issues and make their videos more visible. But this is a problem.
According to the Fair Use Guidelines, music that applies to education would be music directly related to the course content. Let's see two examples:
Both of these examples demonstrate educational and relevant uses of music.
Remember, just because you are producing a video for your school doesn't mean it escapes copyright for music content.
When you post the video on your school's website or some other public domain, you should be aware that the video must state that the music used is used for educational purposes.
There is some debate regarding the use of music. For example, many students may conclude that a piece purchased on a legal platform can be used for a school video in class.
But the reality is different. So there is a set of rules that are applied to these situations, and they are the following:
a) Share this information with your students. Most people know these rules when using music and uploading to public domains. This information is valuable and will help them avoid making mistakes in the future.
b) Ask permission from the entity with the music title you want to use. If you think the music is necessary for your product, you can ask for the rights to this; it is not sure that they will give it to you, but you can try it. Remember, the song or music is not from a single artist or composer.
You can bet that most popular pieces are not owned by the artist but by a handful of people and companies. So, keep in mind that if you ask permission, you'll have to ask many people for approval.
c) You can buy royalty-free. Many students and teachers use this type of music because the options in styles are endless, plus it is the perfect insurance for your site, ensuring compliance and demonstrating due diligence.
For educational use, you should always make sure that the royalty-free music will give you the following:
As a student, you can use synchronization with film and video broadcast and podcast rights to duplicate and sell videos within the continuation's educational environment. In addition, you can have your videos in your portfolio. However, if you want to use the video after becoming a student, you must consider the following according to the proper music license.
Information based on Barry S. Britt, a creative and executive music producer for film and video. As an ASCAP member, he has been educating educators on digital copyright awareness since 1996.