As we all know, licensing music for your piece can be incredibly expensive (not to mention a huge pain…try getting a record label to respond in a timely manner…), which leaves many of us with only one option: to turn to royalty-free music for our work.
But sometimes there is a no royalty-free substitute for that perfect song. Well-written, professional pieces of music are works of art in their own right, and when the right song is paired with the visuals you have created, it brings your entire piece to the next level.
This is especially important for those of you who make a living as wedding videographers. Often times a single song is so important to the emotion of the piece, but wedding photographers don’t have the budget to acquire rights to this music. To make matters worse, labels have begun to crack down on Wedding videographers who break copyright law and use music for which they don’t have the rights. This has of course been happening since people started making wedding videos, but with the rise of YouTube, and the possibility of your wedding video being seen by anyone (or going viral!), labels have been tougher about pursuing those who skirt around copyright laws. [read]