Copyright-Free Music for YouTube Videos

What does copyright-free music really mean? Should you use it in your YouTube videos or go with royalty-free music? Let's find out!

What does copyright-free really mean?

There are many different terms that describe music that's safe for use in online content, but it's useful to have a clear understanding of music licensing and the different labels used online. Check out CJ's video for a quick and simple explanation of copyright!

Looking for the best music to use in your YouTube videos?

Here is a little taste of some of our catalog's most popular tracks for you to take inspiration from. The one-hour playlist includes genres like pop, acoustic songs, orchestra, soul, and electronic music.

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Frequently asked questions

Where can I get copyright-free music for YouTube videos?

Several services offer music that can be used on YouTube and other social media platforms. Usually, services can vary a lot depending on the quality of the music, the variety of the offering, and the price point.

At Epidemic Sound, we’ve assembled a catalog with over 40,000 high-quality tracks that can be used on all major social media platforms. Our music is already licensed so you don’t need to worry about copyright claims.

Get started with Epidemic Sound today and let us know what you think!

Which songs are copyright-free?

The meaning of the term 'copyright-free' is a bit ambiguous, but it's commonly used to mean music that is free from copyright restrictions. This refers to songs and other media that are NOT going to get you fined if you use them within your content.

Technically this doesn’t always mean that they are free from copyright but only that the author allows you to use them. At Epidemic Sound, to avoid confusion, we define the music in our catalog as “royalty-free” since it can be used on YouTube and other media platforms but it is not copyright-free.

This music can be used on all major social media platforms, even for ads. Explore our Royalty-free music catalog if you want to know more about the music, or sign up to get started straight away.

Can I use music without copyright on YouTube?

No, you can’t use copyrighted music on YouTube and doing so will lead to getting claimed or, even worse, getting your account suspended!

Using licensed music is key to achieving success in your channel and to not jeopardize the possibility of monetizing your videos. Check out this page about how Epidemic Sound helps you out on YouTube and sign up to get started.

How do you check if a song is copyright-free?

There are a couple of ways to check whether a song is copyright-free or not. One of them is checking the list of Public Domain songs available on the website and the other one is checking the Creative Commons website to verify whether the song is in there or not.

Both of these strategies are not 100% safe because they are subject to human error (if you overlook some names, or accidentally make a typo when searching for the song title, this might lead to you using the song even if it’s not in there or the other way around).

This process might also be quite time-consuming if you’re using more than one song per video in your YouTube content. For this reason, YouTubers usually use services like Epidemic Sound. These services, provide you with high-quality music which you already know can be used on YouTube (and all the other major social media platforms). By doing this, you can focus one hundred percent of your time and resources on choosing the best-possible song instead of spending precious time checking whether a song that you like is copyrighted or not.

Where do YouTubers get their music?

YouTubers get their music in several different ways. The most common are:

  • From a friend/they make their own music. Several YouTubers make their own music or use the music that a friend is providing them with. By doing this, they avoid copyright issues related to using copyrighted music on YouTube.
  • Use royalty-free music. If you're not a music producer yourself and/or you want to have access to a wider range of songs, there are several services online that can help you out. Epidemic Sound, for example, has a catalog with over 40,000 royalty-free tracks from all different moods and genres! Also, our music is licensed for being used on YouTube so you don't have to worry about that.

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How do Youtubers deal with copyright?

Successful YouTubers understand the value of having copyright laws that protect intellectual property and use high-quality services like Epidemic Sound for their videos. Having royalty-free music can make you monetize more and save you from several copyright-related headaches.

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