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Are you interested in using a popular song or existing soundtrack in your movie? Music - just like movies and books - is protected by copyright law, which restricts its usage to the owner of the copyright.  In recent years, many record labels and studios have begun cracking down on illegal downloading and usage of their work, making the legal use of this music somewhat confusing for users. In this module we’re going to explore the legal way to license and use music for your movie.  Protect yourself, respect the rights of the music artist, and learn how to properly license music for use in your production.



  • 33:15 video that takes you behind the scenes of the licensing process
  • Illustrated companion guide


  • What is a music license
  • When you need a master license and/or a sync license
  • How music publishers make money
  • Costs in securing a license
  • How to work with stock music libraries
  • How to work with music in the public domain
It was a very well thought out video and I love the attention to detail and the fact that the subject matter focused on the
aesthetic and storytelling aspects of editing.
   - Cedric Pounds, Chabot College