Okay, so you and your bae love the song ‘Thinking Out Loud’ by Ed Sheehan which is the highest-rated love song of all time and of course you want to use it in your wedding film then your videographer tells you they can’t do it because they can’t ‘license’ the song.
We are here to break it all down + help shine some light on the laws of music copyright.
One of the first questions a couple will ask their videographer is about the music used in their film and can they use their favourite song? The answer is “NO” and here is why… any track/song that you do not personally own the rights to you can not use unless you gain permission from the rights-holder (who owns the copyright), this is called licensing.
If you wanted to license a popular song it will cost you… ALOT! Typically, a song written or performed by a famous artist will start at around $15,000 for one use. If you fall into a category of clients who can afford that price tag we can absolutely point you in the direction of the relevant record label to get the ball rolling. If not, read on…