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Do You Need a License?
“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.”


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 do not need permission to use songs that you wrote yourself or songs that you know are in the Public Domain.
See also:

Why Get a License?
Five reasons why you should get a license.

About Music Licensing
Different music uses and the licenses you need.

Types of Music Licenses
The different kinds of music licenses and how to get them.

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