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Are your YouTube videos jailbait? Get legal music now!

This is part one of a series of articles I plan to publish about legally getting and using music for your videos, whether on YouTube or other video sites.

In addition to the wide range of entertainment, self-improvement and motivational or inspirational presentations, videos on the web are used extensively for training and tutorials, webcasts, marketing, self-promotion and SEO.  In fact, right now, videos are the hottest “thing” in SEO.  And the right music can enhance the performance of video in getting views and traffic. So a critical issue is how to get (or easily create) and use only music that is lawful to use.

The number of people who unlawfully use videos and music for commercial and self promotion purposes astonishes me.  It’s no secret that you can pay huge penalties for copyright violations.  And it’s not that difficult to get legal-to-use music.

I was very interested in the outcome of the German legal actions against Google for the number of videos folks uploaded to YouTube with illegal music tracks on them. 

I’m sure that the court’s judgement will result in some changes on YouTube.  If you’ve not been paying attention to the legalities of what you’re doing with your videos, now’s a good time to start.

If you’re using music with videos, and you don’t have the rights to it, not only can you have your videos removed from your channel, but also you can end up being banned from YouTube — or other video sites.  Furthermore, if the rights owners want to make an example of you, you could go to jail and pay large fines.  Even if you never earned a penny from the video.

Google’s facing possible fines in the billions of dollars just because other people put illegal music on YouTube.  Let’s avoid that for ourselves as individuals and businesses.

In my forthcoming articles about legal music for videos, I’ll be covering:

1. Royalty-free music.
2. Public domain music.
3. How to generate your own music tracks with software made especially for non-musicians.  

Today, I’m starting with the fastest, easiest way to get legal music for your videos: YouTube’s own AudioSwap.  Here’s a video that explains it perfectly.