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Do I Need a License?

Every time that you use music that other people created, yes.

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If you use music that other people created, no matter how you use it, you need to get a license. This is true even if you are giving away your project for free, or if it’s for a non-profit. You need a license even if you are using only a small portion of the song. You do not need permission to use songs that you wrote yourself or songs that you know are in the public domain.

Every day, we help thousands of people get the music licenses they need for all kinds of uses. From cover songs to corporate videos, and even plush animated toys, we can help you. Below, we break down exactly what types of licenses you might need depending on how you are using the music. We also hit on some other top questions you might be asking:

We often use the expression “they’re playing my song,” not always remembering that while we may have emotionally adopted the song, it still legally belongs to the songwriter who created it, and the music publisher who markets it. When you use other people’s property, you need to ask permission.

About CopyrightNotary.com

Copyright Notary helps indie artists, corporations, churches, schools, community groups, and individuals get permission to use copyrighted music for all types of uses. Its Cover Song Licensing service makes it easy to get 100% of the permission required to release a new version of any song in 1-2 business days. Through its Custom Licensing services, Copyright Notary offers music rights clearances for any use, with dedicated, personal assistance from an experienced specialist. Committed to accuracy and transparency, Copyright Notary adds value to the music industry through innovation, education, and efficient rights administration.

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