Disclaimer: Information on this page is not legal advise. It is general information about usage of my music.
YouTube policy: If you add more than 1 song from the same album to your video, YouTube blocks it. This is part of a YouTube/distributor's policy to prevent uploads of albums. It's a global thing, not just for my music. I also have to deal with this in my own videos.
On Facebook, Instagram, Tiktok and YouTube Shorts you can find my music in their librairies directly and use it (which means that you don't need to read anything below, unless you want to buy a commercial license).
Free usage of my music in videos is limited to the following conditions:
(YouTube examples are given under each condition)
Non-commercial usage only. You are not allowed to make money of it.
(You are not allowed to monetize it on YouTube as my distributors CD Baby & Tunecore will already claim and monetize it)
(It's a claim not a strike, your YouTube channel is not at risk. Do not dispute the claim)
This is what you'll see in the YouTube details tab:
No similar content to mine. No reuploads.
(You are not allowed to make a video with the music being the main focus)
(This includes uploading the raw music or using stock images/slideshows/footage with it)
Credits are required.
(My YouTube handles are @DemfireCreation & @Demfire_Creation)
Your content has to comply with YouTube (or similar platforms) terms of service.
(On YouTube you have to comply with the Reused Content Policy)
(Your content has to be original, the music cannot be the main focus)
I reserve the right to judge if you do or do not comply with all conditions.
Some examples of what is permitted:
Making a video with your original footage/video with my music in the background.
(Anything original really. If you want to monetize it, read the next section)
Making a video of you doing yoga with my music in the background.
(You are the main focus of the video. If you want to monetize it, read the next section)
Making a video of you talking about various topics with my music in the background.
(Same as above. If you want to monetize it, read the next section)
Special case: Streaming
Everything above applies.
(You have to be the main focus of the stream. Music only is not allowed)
I'm not part of the labels running bots to detect unauthorized music usage. My music is DMCA safe.
After reading this, if you still can't figure out if you do or do not need a license, then you probably do need to buy one.
For every type of commercial use you will need to buy a license.
(Buying a license will allow you to remove the claim by attaching it to the dispute, allowing you to monetize your video)
Sync Licensing Through My Distributors
If you are a music supervisor, you can buy a license on CD Baby's licensing website (all my 9 pre-2023 albums are there). Also from Tunecore soon for post-2023 music (singles).
CD Baby's licensing website:
Sync Licensing Through Pond5
If you are a content creator (YouTube & similar), you can buy an affordable license on Pond5.
(Only my very first album, Tribal Trials, is there. The split is bad 35/65, not sure if I will upload anything else there)
Look below for the new YouTube Creator Music licensing.
Royalty Free Pond5 license:
Sync Licensing Through YouTube Directly
If you are in the YouTube Partner Program (YPP), YouTube launched a new thing called YouTube Creator Music. This allows you to license tracks directly on YouTube and the price is based on your subscriber count.
I don't know if my tracks are in there already or not, also it's US only for now. So, take a look by yourself.