Understanding the Difference: Licensing Copyrighted Music vs. Royalty-Free Music

In the world of content creation, music plays a vital role in setting the tone and enhancing the overall impact of videos. However, it’s important for YouTube content creators, film and video producers to understand the difference between licensing copyrighted music and using royalty-free music. In this article, we’ll explore the distinctions between these two options and their implications for your creative projects.

  1. Licensing Copyrighted Music: Licensing copyrighted music involves obtaining permission from the rights holders, such as music labels, artists, or publishers to use their music in your videos. This typically requires paying a licensing fee or a royalty to all the rights holders. Here are some key points to consider:
  • Legality and Compliance: Licensing copyrighted music ensures that you’re legally using the music and respecting the rights of the original creators.
  • Range of Options: With licensed music, you have access to a vast catalogue of popular and well-known songs and artists, allowing you to align your content with specific moods, genres, or preferences.
  • Cost and Complexity: Licensing copyrighted music can be expensive, especially for commercial use, and the process often involves negotiating terms and acquiring the appropriate licences for each specific usage.
  1. Royalty-Free Music: Royalty-free music refers to music tracks that are pre-cleared for use by content creators without the need for individual licences for each project. Traditionally, what they do is commission songwriters & musicians to create and/or record tracks that they then buy off of them. In this scenario, the original creator of the music never owns the copyright. Here are some key points to consider:
  • Cost and Convenience: Royalty-free music typically involves a one-time payment or subscription fee, granting you the right to use the music in multiple projects without incurring additional costs.
  • Legal Simplicity: Royalty-free music providers usually offer clear licensing terms and usage guidelines, ensuring that you can confidently use the music without worrying about copyright infringement.
  • Variety and Flexibility: Royalty-free music libraries offer a wide selection of tracks spanning various genres, moods, and tempos, allowing you to find music to suit your content. Although quite often the music can be simple background music with soundalike tracks of popular tracks.
  • Creative Freedom: With royalty-free music, you can customise the length, edit the track, and even use it as background music without limitations, giving you more control over your content, just as with copyrighted music.
  1. The Advantage of Our Subscription Service: Moreover, our subscription-based music licensing service offers a unique advantage to content creators by providing access to a diverse range of copyrighted music on a subscription basis. With our service, subscribers gain the ability to use copyrighted music in their videos while enjoying the benefits of clearly defined terms and licensing agreements and the creative freedom previously only associated with Royalty Free Music. Unlike traditional royalty-free music options, our subscription service offers a wider selection of popular and high-quality tracks, including Mercury Prize Winners, Hollywood Composers and tracks from established professional artists & producers. This allows content creators to elevate their videos with premium, cutting-edge music that resonates with their audiences. By subscribing to our service, content creators can harness the power of copyrighted music in a hassle-free manner, knowing that they are operating within legal boundaries and adhering to licensing agreements.


Both licensing copyrighted music and using royalty-free music have their merits and considerations. Licensing copyrighted music provides access to high-quality tracks but can be incredibly expensive and complex. On the other hand, royalty-free music offers cost-effective options, legal simplicity, and creative freedom and you get what you pay for. However, our subscription and one-stop music licensing services presents an attractive alternative. It combines the advantages of licensing copyrighted music with the convenience and affordability of a subscription and single fee model. By choosing our service, content creators can unlock a world of high-quality, copyrighted music while having clear terms and licences at their disposal. Select the option that best aligns with your content creation needs, and enjoy the power of music to enhance your videos while staying compliant with copyright regulations.