“And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make” – The Beatles, The End
The Beatles are legendary – what more can you say. Their music, their lives, their stories – simply memorable. I could talk about the Beatles for hours, but since we have about 2-3 minutes I am going to talk about music – not their music – but the respect we all owe to every artist’s music.
A frequent topic of discussion among APPO members is related to slideshows and music. As photo organizers (who are making slideshows), it is our responsibility (to the profession) to educate our clients on the music options available.
Respect music copyright
Different types of music:
- Purchased Music. Music you or your client has from CDs or iTunes (or any online music download source) is not an option for you to use in your slideshow. It does not matter who the intended audience is. You have purchased the private right to it which means you can listen to it as long as you like on your iPod, in your car and so forth, but you don’t have the right to use it in a private or public performance or a media production, like a slideshow. How can you use a purchased song? You purchase the rights to the individual song(s) for a one time use at: SongFreedom or other licensed music sites. Note: Individual songs can be expensive so be sure to price your slideshow with that in mind if this is what your client wants.
- Royalty Free Music. This is music that is most often not free but actually means you purchase licensing rights so that you can use in the music in your media productions (without paying royalties). Read the fine print before purchasing to understand the terms and conditions for usage.
- Free Music. YouTube has put together a list of 150 tracks (mostly instrumental) that are free to use in your media productions – no fees or use limits. In an effort to have fewer copyrighted tracks uploaded, YouTube has compiled this music database to help people create slideshows and video.
- Permission Granted Music. Music you or an acquaintance, or your client choreographs is music you can use (permission granted) in a specific designated media production. If you do have music like this available to use, be sure to document name, title, artist and production to be used for and have it signed by the artist.
As always, do your research, educate yourself as a professional and seek legal counsel when necessary.
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Let us know in the comments below your favorite sites for music for your slideshows!
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