Is that YouTube soundtrack legal?

Seems all it takes these days to video-publish is an idea, a Flipcam, editing software and the right theme song. Before you upload, remember that publishing a video with copyrighted music requires a license for the song.

Beginning June 29, 2010, music licensing company Rumblefish will allow users to buy a license to a copyrighted song for $1.99. However, this new service, Friendly Music, can be used only for noncommercial purposes — any commercial use requires a different license.

Taking a minute out to check the rights on your video soundtracks is a good idea.

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