Why can't I use the song I picked for my wedding film?

You spend hours picking out the perfect music for your wedding. Songs that perfectly represent how you and your significant other feel about each other. Unfortunately, many popular wedding songs can't be used in your wedding film.

Here's why.

Copyright

Any popular song that you hear on the radio is protected by copyright and most record labels have teams of lawyers that specialize in protecting their copyrighted material.  

Using copyrighted material without permission can lead to a penalty of up to $150,000 in damages.  In some cases, an infringement can become a felony with a $250,000 fine and five years in prison for a first offense and 10 years in prison for a second offense. 

The only legal way to use copyrighted music in your wedding film is through licensing the music with the publisher.

Licensing

According to Wikipedia, "music licensing is intended to ensure that the owners of copyrights on music works are compensated for certain uses of their work."  In other words, licensing gives you the legal right to use a copyrighted piece of music in accordance to the terms of your license.

For example, say you want to use "Marry You" by Bruno Mars in your wedding film. We can go over to the ASCAP website to find the publisher information, contact the publishers and work out a licensing deal.

Great, right?

Yes! Until you learn that most publishers won't even give you their time unless you have a budget of at least $10,000.

There is hope!

Fortunately, I have partnerships with several music licensing firms. While I may not be able to get the song you want, I have access to many popular songs, and I will ensure that you have beautiful music to accompany your wedding film.

Contact me today to discuss your wedding film and wedding video needs!

 

Question: What's your favorite wedding song? Comment below!

 

 

 

Sources:
https://www.lib.purdue.edu/uco/CopyrightBasics/penalties.html
http://smallbusiness.chron.com/punishment-violating-copyright-laws-55157.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_licensing