The Truth

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.

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