Everyone knows YouTube is more music videos than home videos, but those that do upload their own creations often run into trouble when they want to use copyrighted music in their clips. If you use a song that you don't own as the soundtrack to your video (or even if it just happens to be playing in the background while you're filming), YouTube will cut the audio from your clip citing copyright infringement as the reason why.
It's frustrating for users but it's just part of the deal when media companies are coming down so hard on sites like YouTbe. One company trying to find a solution that everyone can live with is Rumblefish. According to the NYT, the music licensing company has collaborated with Google and will tomorrow announce a new service called Friendly Music which will allow users to buy a license to a copyrighted song for $1.99.
The idea behind Rumblefish is to give users access to songs for non-commercial purposes. Paying $1.99 will get you full access and permission to edit it, too.
"A lot of the users of YouTube are the everyday filmmakers, and they don’t have an outlet like this," said Paul Anthony, chief executive of Rumblefish. "We’re excited about this being a connection point, the first of many steps to make music really easy to use in video."
It sounds like a great service but, unfortunately, there is a catch, and this one is pretty big. Right now, Friendly Music offers access to about 35,000 songs but none of them are from the four major labels. That said, the company hopes to add more songs soon and Anthony told the NYT that the tracks available right now were hand-picked based on what they thought would work for film.
Would you pay $1.99 to add a soundtrack to your home movie? Let us know in the comments below!