How to use copyrighted music on youtube legally ?

Are you uploading a new video ? But the copyright issues of YouTube worry you? Or are you already facing charges of infringing copyright law on YouTube? Don’t worry and let’s dive straight into the heart of matter and see how to use copyrighted music on YouTube legally.

What is Copyright Law in India?

Copyright is a form of intellectual property protection granted under Indian law to the creators of original works of authorship such as literary works (including computer programs, tables and compilations including computer databases which may be expressed in words, codes, schemes or in any other form, including a machine readable medium), dramatic, musical and artistic works, cinematographic films and sound recordings.

Copyright law protects expressions of ideas rather than the ideas themselves. Under section 13 of the Copyright Act 1957, copyright protection is conferred on literary works, dramatic works, musical works, artistic works, cinematograph films and sound recording. For example YouTube Music, books, computer programs are protected under the Act as literary works.

What are copyright rules of YouTube?

As a Youtuber, you should only upload content (including music, videos, and artwork) that you created or that you’re authorized to use; otherwise, this could result in a copyright violation.

If you use someone else’s content on your YouTube channel, the copyright owner can submit a takedown request. If this is a valid request, your video will be removed from YouTube and you’ll get a copyright strike. You can wait for a copyright strike to expire, seek a retraction, or submit a counter-notification. 

Just like marriages are terminated in TRIPLE TALAQ, if you get three copyright strikes, your channel is subject to termination.

Alternatively, if you upload a video that contains copyright-protected material, you could end up with a Content ID claim issued by the party who owns the music, movies, TV shows, video games, or other copyright-protected material. A Content ID claim may result in a takedown or lost revenue depending on the actions specified by the copyright owner (but you can dispute a claim you believe is wrong).

How to use copyrighted music on YouTube legally without infringing the copyright law?

Here are 4 ways you can use copyrighted music on YouTube legally : 

1. Use work that is accessible inside the open space

There are music sources and content which is available in the public domain for free. This music is free to use as it is copyright free. You can choose from the list we’ve found here.

2. Acquire a permit or authorization from the proprietor of the copyrighted substance

The second and time consuming way is to contact the owner of the music content and seek their permission for the use of their music. You can do so by sending them an Email or by commenting on their YouTube video.

3. You can reuse music from YouTube recordings with a Creative Commons permit

Some YouTubers obtain the Creative Commons license to make their work available for reuse by others. YouTube allows such users to mark their videos with a CC BY license. People can can use these videos for commercial and non-commercial purposes via the YouTube Video Editor.

  • Search for any YouTube video you wish to upload.
  • Click on the “Filters” option in the top left corner.
 “Filters” option in the top left corner
  • Select “Creative Commons” under “Features”.
“Creative Commons” under “Features”
  • All the videos displayed in the search will have a Creative Commons license.
4. Download the music you want to use and edit it using any music software like Audacity and re upload it. (Only if you have taste in music)

You can download any music from YouTube very easily and edit it as per your needs. This will prevent you from infringing the copyrights law and you will be able to use the music you wished to! The time would be worth it. Must Try!


Copyrights last for 75 years. Copyright goes on for a long time past the demise of the creator; after that point, the copyrighted substance enters the open area. At the point when that occurs, the substance is not, at this point Innovation laws secure it, and anybody can utilize it without consent. Obviously, for some individuals on YouTube, that substance isn’t accessible to use without consent until we close to the following century. So be very careful to not infringe the Copyright law while uploading your videos.

If you are facing any legal problems dealing with the copyright law you can feel free to get in touch with us here. Our team of experts at Law Advisor India expertises in providing indian legal solutions to families in the USA.

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