How to License Music for Educational Videos

Nov 20, 2020 by

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As a teacher, you will be more than familiar with the task of trying to bring a class on unenthusiastic teenagers or children to life, especially on a dreary Monday morning. Fortunately, we live in an age where it has probably never been so easy to enthuse a group of lackluster students in the classroom. We are, of course, referring to the age of technology! No longer does the teacher have to use just their raw teaching abilities and personality alone to get a lift out of a class – they can now use videos to liven things up.

These days, we have a wealth of digital resources at our fingertips if we have an internet connection in class, ranging from videos and online games to the latest music videos. But did you know that you are not actually allowed to use music for the videos that you create and edit without proper licensing? Yes, it may come as a bit of a surprise if you have been using music in your class, but you should be aware that your school will be liable for a penalty if its teachers are found to be in contravention of music licensing law. This all sounds quite frightening, but if you love to spice up your lessons with some tunes, there is a way! Read on to find out more!

Penalties for Unlawfully Using Music in the Classroom

Music falls under an ambit of a particularly murky section of legislation regarding intellectual property. While it may be hard to decipher, in basic terms, all music is subject to some form of copyright law which is designed to protect the rights of the artist. Essentially, this means that teachers need to do some investigating into whether they are legal allowed to reproduce or record any music that they use in the classroom. As a result, you are not supposed to use music in your iTunes library or from Spotify, which is only available for personal and commercial use. If you do not respect these regulations, you run the risk of landing your school in hot water with licensing authorities.

There Must Be Another Way!

If music is a central part of your teaching, never fear – there is another way! All you have to do is get your educational institution to sign up to a specialist educational music licensing service like FirstCom. For a reasonable price, a subscription will give you access to an almost unlimited supply of music for educational videos with zero restrictions. Here you will find a whole range of royalty-free, stock and production music that is perfect for adding a little something extra to a lifeless bunch of students.

The beauty of this service is that you only pay for what you need. While you are free to use royalty-free music as many times as you want, you are just required to pay a small fee for every reproduction of tracks that are subject to single-use licenses. This brings the world of music into your educational videos in a legal way!

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