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Is The YouTube Audio Library Copyright Free?

The YouTube Audio Library is a wonderful source of free to use and copyright safe music for content creators on YouTube.

From sound effects to awesome epic tracks, the YouTube Audio Library has a good collection of music tracks that is constantly growing.

The music featured in the YouTube Audio Library is not copyright free, but is “copyright safe” and is safe to use legally within the YouTube platform.

If you are making videos for YouTube and searching for safe to use music, then the YouTube Audio Library is certainly worth learning more about.

How do I use the YouTube Audio Library?

The YouTube Audio Library is available to anyone who has YouTube creator channel.

If you are already logged into your YouTube channel, the following link should take you directly to the YouTube Audio Library:

If the above link does not work, as things do seem to move around a lot on YouTube, you can log into your YouTube creator account and you will find the “Audio Library” on the left-hand side menu as shown below:

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To learn more about how to navigate and use the YouTubes Free Audio Library, I have already covered this in greater depth in my article, “Free Music for YouTube”.

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Can I use the YouTube Audio Library music on other platforms?

If you are creating content just for YouTube, then the YouTube Audio Library is a great source of free music that is safe to use on YouTube.

The music featured in the YouTube Audio Library is guaranteed to be copyright safe on the YouTube platform only, therefore if you are planning to share your content outside of YouTube, then YouTube will not take any responsibility for music legal issues that might arise outside of YouTube.

YouTube make this very clear in their support documentation which can be found <here>.

If you plan to share your video and content outside of YouTube, and are not comfortable doing your own research to clear music rights with individual composers, then it is probably more convenient to find an independent royalty-free music library that will ensure their music catalogue is copyright safe for YouTube, amongst other platforms.

If you are looking for free and copyright safe music for YouTube which can be used on all platforms, be sure to check out my own music library which is free and comes with a full professional music licence.

Obviously, I am going to plug my own music, but when you download my music legally through my website, you are provided with a full professional music licence to prove you have permission from the composer to use the music.

You can then share this music licence with YouTube (or anyone who may ask) to show that you have full permission to use the music.

I have not found another free music library that does this, and it is really important, especially if you are a business or trying to monetise your content.

How does YouTube identify copyrighted music?

Google and the YouTube platform are so clever and their algorithms so efficient, it could be easy to believe that their platform works on magic and not computer code!

YouTube identifies music by scanning audio tracks, looking at the audio signature, and comparing it to millions of other music tracks that it has recorded in its Content ID library.

If it finds a match, you may get a copyright notification, as the system is saying, “Hey, we recognise the music you are using in your video, but we have been told that it is copyrighted by someone else – so you have permission to use it?”

The Content ID system is not perfect and often false positives or errors are made, but overall, it is very efficient given the massive scale of music it is scanning.

Should I use “copyright-free” music?

With all this talk about copyright infringement and copyright strikes, it can get a bit scary and overwhelming.

I understand someone just looking for “copyright-free” music, in order to try and bypass the whole system.

From my experience, “copyright-free music” should not be used without careful consideration and here is why: Truly copyright free music is very difficult to find as all music, once it is recorded or written down has a copyright owner unless it is in the public domain.

But you might think, “that is weird as I just found twenty copyright free music sites on google!”

Although I am not a music attorney, I would recommend that you read the terms of use of any “copyright free” music that you use.

Once you start reading the terms of use, you will probably find that most “copyright free music” is not free from copyright and that it is a term used incorrectly by the composer or music library to market the music.

As a music composer and music library owner, this is a pet hate of mine as personally, I think the term “copyright free” misleads the customer.

Imagine if Coke said that a drink was “sugarfree” and what they actually meant was that it was “sugar low”. They would be called out immediately for mislabeling products and misleading the customer.

So if you are finding music labelled as copyright-free or no-copyright music, then just double check that you are actually getting what you think you are getting.

I cover the topic of “no copyright music” in greater depth in my article, “Can I Upload No-Copyright Music on YouTube?”

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Where can I download free music for YouTube?

You can download free music for YouTube from my own music website, www.louisebyrnemusic.com

This music is free and also has the following benefits:

  1. Comes with a full professional licence to prove you have permission to use the music on YouTube.
  2. For optimal sound quality, you have the choice to download high quality MP3 or Wav files.
  3. Can be used for buiness or personal use, so you can monetise your videos.
  4. All I ask for is a music credit so you can spread the word about where you downloaded the music.

To read more about my free music and how it can be used for videos on YouTube, check out my licence music page.

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