Frequently Asked Questions

Isn’t my use of music in my YouTube video Fair Use?

The quick answer is no.  To explain it more in depth check out this video.

What is a PRO?

A performance rights organization. In the US, we have three options: ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC. In Canada, the PRO is SOCAN. And in the UK, it is PRS. They collect money for performances of songs on the radio, in TV programs, live venues, and websites. The writer decides which PRO they will affiliate with.

Can I add or change lyrics to a copyright song?

Not without the permission of the copyright owner. Copyright owners have the exclusive right to add or change lyrics (and the underlying music) to a copyrighted song.

Where can I learn more about how licensing and music publishing works?

The NMPA (National Music Publishers’ Association) has some great information about this topic. They have put together a great page describing the basics of music publishing. Click here to view¬†Music Publishing 101.

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