Is your music copyrighted?
Yes, it is.
Can I use your music in my video?
It depends. In most jurisdictions when music is being embedded in video, there must be prior approval from the music copyright holders. This act is handled differently with different music creators and companies.
For relaxdaily music (e.g. N°099): If you're doing a commercial or promotional video or any video that's meant for a broader audience, please request a license via our license request form. If you do a video 'just for fun': There is currently no efficient way for us to review and permit relaxdaily music use on a case to case basis, other than through our licensing request form.
Tip: Michael created three 'free' tracks in multiple versions, that come with the needed right to use the music in your creations under some terms.
I used relaxdaily music in my video anyway, now what?
Ok, you're not alone. Music is part of our lives and therefore part of our videos we share on and off social media. Like stated above, without a proper approval from the music copyright holders, in most cases when you embed music in a video it's basically not legal.
In reality music right holders (usually people who created the music or their representatives) make use of digital rights management systems, that monitor and let pass certain kinds of usage. One of such systems is YouTube's Content ID. When you upload a video with relaxdaily music to YouTube, in most cases you'll get a Content ID claim, a copyright notice that states you are using relaxdaily music in your video. You should accept it when you don't have an official license to use the music. Here's what YouTube says about it: "In most cases, the claim is just to track or monetize the video, not to block it. So, your video remains live with those claims (but may have ads on it) and you can still share it with others." (https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/7002106 – see Content ID claims). We follow YouTube's advice and in 99% of the cases do not block videos. We might do so in cases where the video is not in line with YouTube's community guidelines.
Note: This is not a legal advice. No guarantees are given. Any revenue we make from participating in YouTube's Content ID program fully supports the relaxdaily project, specifically new music and video creation.
I received a music claim by relaxdaily on YouTube. What now?
Similar to the above: Relaxdaily music is part of YouTube's Content ID program that monitors music use on the YouTube platform. Most artists and music labels participate in that program to secure their copyrights. When you use relaxdaily music in your video you'll receive a claim - a note that you use third party content in your video. When you licensed the music officially you can dispute the claim and it should get lifted. Usually a smooth YouTube experience can be discussed with a licensor before uploading. When you didn't license the music, you should accept the claim (a claim is not a strike). In most cases (there's no guarantee though) your video will stay online, but most likely you also won't be able to monetize your video, while YouTube and the music rights holders (in this case we) reserve the right to monetize it (ads).
Michael, your fee for relaxdaily music licensing. Don't you think that's too expensive?
Yes, it might be too expensive for many applications. But with my relaxdaily music, I'm not in the game to squeeze out every dollar I can make. It's for people to enjoy, relax and use it as a personal soundtrack in their lives, first. As for licensing, I'm not a large, automated music licensing company that can compete with low prices. There's a threshold that makes licensing meaningful for me and the project (every licensing act also means a time and risk investment: discussing the case and setting up and entering into an agreement/contract). I'm sorry if this creates an inconvenience for you. I'm working on a small but affordable Royalty Free Music library to make things a little easier in the future.
How is your relaxdaily music different to your 'free' and upcoming Royalty Free music?
Creative wise the relaxdaily tracks are my artistic approach to slow down our world and lives a little. They are quite personal and made for a reason. That's why I license these only occasionally by direct negotiation.
The 'free tracks' and the upcoming Royalty Free Music offering are recordings I made and will make specifically for use in creative projects. I do this because many are asking about using my music in their projects, but I can't say yes to most requests that easily. The 'free' and Royalty Free tracks will have a similar vibe and character like my relaxdaily recordings (though I'll also use these as an extended artistic training ground). The purpose being a different one, I'm be able to offer these for free or for a small fee (upcoming Royalty Free Music Series) to most video creators.
But I only need one relaxdaily tune for my school/edu project!
I invite you to make use of my 'free' music recordings. If it's a more ambitious educational project, my upcoming Royalty Free Music Series might work for you, or request a discounted relaxdaily recording license via our licensing form.
I bought your music on iTunes. Can I use it now in my video?
Do you create custom music?
I don't. I want to focus on this relaxdaily music project 100%. It's very important to me. No time and ambition for custom music. The only thing I want to do in the future that's not 100% relaxdaily is to build a small Royalty Free music library for creatives to be used in their projects.