Post # 1
I don’t know if anyone can provide some type of insight, but we’ve contracted with a company to do our wedding video and I’m super excited about working with them they have really high quality work. After we signed a contract, they sent us a database of music that we could use in our wedding video. It was all intrumental and I wasn’t really a fan (think music in the back of youtube makeup videos if you watch those lol). I asked if they could use songs that have meaning to us made “popular” artists and they said they can only use the music in their database for copyright reasons or something. I see wedding videos on instagram and youtube that have popular music all the time. How do they get away with this? Or are they using it illegally? For those of you who did wedding videos what kind of music did they use?
My FH is a big music lover and I’m sure he would love to pick the music that goes in our video instead of getting some random pop/techo mix in their database.
And by popular music I mean music that you hear on the radio whateve the genre may be.
Post # 2
I actually read something about this when i was looking into it as well! The company isnt lying, in that there is trademarked issues there for music and i have heard that many companies are using them without permission. With that said, i do believe that they can purchase the licensing for the music to be used and that some companies have purchased those rights.
Post # 3
Take a look at this site : https://songfreedom.com/
I believe by either purchasing from them/ paying the fee, they have licenses for this use exactly…perhaps your videographer isnt aware of this?
Post # 4
Using licensed music is a real thing and it shows that they want to comply with the law. That being said, these websites allow you license music. If you don’t like anything in their collection, ask if you could purchase a song from here:
Post # 5
I work in this industry. Music, unless it is public domain, requires purchasing licensing rights for all uses, period. There are different types of licenses for different uses, and many vendors do not purchase rights, but understand that using music without paying for it always puts you at risk for consequences should you be the one who gets caught.
Post # 6
OP, if they are offering you specific music, this is music they have rights to use. You can certainly ask them about specific songs and they can get you a price, but popular music is very expensive to use in reproducible video. That’s why you might be watching a tv show and think, this song sounds an awful lot like ****, but it’s not quite it. The show has purchased a song in a similar style for a whole lot less money.
Post # 7
The decision on which videographer to use was made specifically based on this issue. I personally was not willing to pay thousands of dollars for a wedding video that had music that meant absolutely nothing to me and was just generic background music. After speaking to a couple different vendors and realizing that the use of “popular” music wasn’t the norm, it became one of the first questions I asked potential videographers.
I came to realize the reason some of the videographers I was interested in were so cheap was because they weren’t having to pay for licensing/music rights. The videographers that did actually outlined this charge on their websites, and it made them more expensive.
Perhaps you can ask your videographer if they would be willing to just charge you an additional fee to acquire licensing rights to certain songs? Did they not have sample videos where you could have seen/heard that all they used was “free” music?
Post # 8
npoliver : Grrr. I wish I would have known this was a ting before I signed a contract to pay thousands. I might have to ask to pay for the licensing myself. Thanks