Can you use copyrighted music in our wedding video?

Legally, I’m not allowed to use copyrighted music in my work. Otherwise, I’ll be at risk of receiving a hefty fine. Simply put, I don’t have the legal right to “sell” you a wedding video containing someone else’s copyrighted work.

According to Wikipedia, “copyright is a legal right, existing globally in many countries, that basically grants the creator of an original work exclusive rights to determine and decide whether, and under what conditions, this original work may be used by others.”

All commercial music is copyrighted. Licensing a popular song is possible but the process isn’t cheap and straightforward. I’ll need to contact the copyright holders, get lawyers involved and try to negotiate a deal. Depending on the popularity of the song, we might need to pay a few times more than the total cost of your wedding video. Would you be prepared to pay a few thousand pounds extra for such a license?

PRS for Music’s Limited Manufacture license allows me to use any music, from any genre, by any artist in your wedding video. Sounds too good to be true? Unfortunately, the license doesn’t cover content on third-party websites and social media platforms such as YouTube or Facebook. This means I could still use your favourite song but you won’t be able to share the video on social media because Facebook will immediately mute the audio and YouTube will block the video from being viewed in certain countries including the UK.

Royalty-free music, on the other hand, comes with a one-off license that allows me to use the song in your wedding video, which can later be uploaded online and shared on social media, without any restrictions. The cost for royalty-free music is included in all of my packages.

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