Monetizing You Tube Videos With Music

Monetizing YouTube Videos With Music

Monetizing YouTube videos with musi. Still a hot topic for many YouTube musicians, marketers and authors!
This post will give you some insights on the subject.

Monetizing You Tube Videos With Music

Be Original When Monetizing YouTube Videos With Music!

Create your own original content and you will be protected against any copyright infringement claims.

This is the first and most important message I want to share with You! Create your own original content and you will be protected against any copyright infringement claims.

Let us assume that you have created your great video for monetization and You want to submit it to YouTube to make money with it!

Obviously, your video has various content in it: music, visuals, maybe photos, maybe some text as well, some movie footage, or even a video games! To be able to submit your video for monetization, even if it is an only music video, you need to obtain commercial usage rights, as well as for the whole performance included in it.

You Need to Prove That You Have Permission or Copyright to Use Such Content.


Maybe You will need to consult a qualified copyright attorney as well. The best way to go with that is to use your videos “fairly”! Misusing counter-notification process started from YouTube, can lead to very serious consequences. Firstly, your account will be terminated and secondly,  You may also end up in court!

If You are not the creator of the video, and You don˙t have copyright to use it, or you don´t have commercial usage rights at all, try to consider everything that you are putting in this video. Copyright can be the complicated topic and You want to avoid in any case copyright infringement.


This means that your work (video, music, photographs) is protected, but You as a “Person” can´t be protected. People are not copyright protected!

If Your video was removed from YouTube because of copyright infringement, it will cause no difference to any sanctions and other penalties related to your account.

You can always check your copyright status in the YouTube Creator Studio, in the Status and Features section of it!

Monetizing You Tube Videos With Music

Monetizing You Tube Videos With Music

Create Your Channel First, Then Start Monetizing YouTube Videos With Music!


When You decide to sign up for monetization, You need to create your Channel first!

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Every time You want to read the YouTube Copyright regulations and more about media and monetization of your media, great place to visit is certainly YouTube Help!

Another great way to monetize your content on YouTube, such as music videos is to create YouTube paid content!

What is Actually YouTube Paid Content?


Paid Content is video or channel content that only paying customers can see. Create Paid Video and Paid Channel

Read here explanation from YouTube:

YouTube paid content is video or channel content that only paying customers can see. A paid video is a video for which users pay a rental or purchase fee to watch the video. A paid channel is a channel for which users pay a monthly or yearly subscription fee to watch its videos. As the channel owner, you define one or more offers that set the terms of the rental, purchase or subscription.

When the user wants to rent, buy or want to subscribe to paid content at YouTube he/she goes to and then the buyer can view the content (paid videos or paid channels) on different platforms and devices (the user can buy paid content also on Android devices through YouTube app) such as:

  • Android mobile devices (watch rentals, purchases and paid subscriptions on most Android smartphones and tablets using the YouTube app for Android)
  • iOS mobile devices (watch YouTube rentals, purchases and paid subscriptions on the YouTube app for iOS, from your iPhone, iPad, and iPod. )
  • Smart TVs (watch purchased content on YouTube on the big screen with computers, devices, and smart TVs.)
  • Game consoles
  • Chromecast (easy way to watch YouTube rentals, purchases and paid subscriptions on your TV.)
  • Roku (Roku LT / Roku 1 / Roku 2 / Roku 2 HD / Roku 2 XD / Roku 2XS / Roku 3 / Roku Streaming Stick, both HDMI and Roku-ready versions / Roku TV

Videos That Are No Longer Than 15 minutes!

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By default, the users are allowed to upload videos after creation, that are no longer than 15 minutes. Same when monetizing YouTube videos with Music, but if the user verified own account or if he had live streaming access without any restrictions for the past 90 days, and if he enabled live streaming in Creator Studio Tools section – Live Streaming, then he can create videos that are longer than that. Maximum file size you are allowed to upload to YouTube is 128GB and to do that you need also an up-to-date version of your browser which allows uploading files greater than 20GB.

Monetizing You Tube Videos With Music

Be aware: before You want to post your media just for your paying customers only, you need to enable paid content to your YouTube account. Doing so you will need to meet the criteria for YouTube partnership, to verify your account by phone and to approve AdSense account linked to your YouTube account. Besides, you need to own a channel with at least 1000 active subscribers and you are located in one of the eligible locations!

How To Create Paid Content?


Basically, to create paid content (even if it is only  a music), you need to do following:

  1. Enable paid content to your YouTube account.
  2. Upload content to your channel.
  3. Create rental and/or purchase offers for the video or subscription offers for the channel.

Earnings from paid subscriptions appear in the Transactional reports section of the Content Manager. Paid channel revenue does not currently appear in YouTube Analytics.

The List of Eligible Countries for Monetizing YouTube Videos With Music!


Check the list of eligible countries:

  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • France
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • New Zealand
  • The Philippines
  • Polish
  • Portugal
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Taiwan
  • Uganda
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Some Examples of Monetizing YouTube Videos With Music!


Let´s see some examples now!

Imagine You are going to the concert of your favorite musician, and you record the video of one song during that concert and you want to create paid content with it! The video you recorded is your unique creation, but the song in it is not, and because of that you don´t have the rights to sell it.

Any source of music which is providing you a music for your video clip, not solely created by you, is not your unique content and you probably don´t have the right to resell it, it means you don´t have commercial rights for that music and You should take care of the copyright infringement before posting such video on YouTube.

One solution to make such video as paid content is to replace the background music of your video with royalty – free music from YouTube audio library, republish the video and thus make your video ready for monetization!

Go to YouTube Music Policies and check the copyright requirements for each music you want to use the YouTube Library!

Monetizing You Tube Videos With Music

There is also one more possibility how to monetize your music videos! If You create the video with the music of another author, you can choose the option to let the author monetize your video. The hack is that the author is getting money, not you!

Monetizing You Tube Videos With Music

And, last but not least, don´t forget to share your unique and original work on social media. Use your email signatures, in emails, on various forums, etc…! Allow resell rights to your subscribers. Share one short insert of your content as an incentive and afterward sell the whole masterpiece!

More than 130 trillion web pages and a huge amount of content!

There are more than 130 trillion pages out there on the web, what means that huge audience is creating content nowadays! Maybe some of these users will love your content and will help you to spread a word about it, what in return brings new visitors and potential customers to you back!

But, remember, it always stays: the best way to monetize your audio media is to create your own unique content!

Have fun with your music videos, wish You a lot of success!


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19 thoughts on “Monetizing YouTube Videos With Music”

    • Hi Beverly!

      I have learned also a lot by editing the articles. YouTube is also developing and to know what to do while posting videos and working with them, can help.

      I am glad you got some additional useful info.

      Thanks for the comment.

  1. Hey Igor,

    This is super helpful!

    Thank you for providing all the useful information about making money from youtube videos with music.
    There are many things I am learning for the first time here.

    I’m bookmarking this page for my reference…

    Thanks again and all the best!

  2. Igor, thank you for all of tis information on You Tube. I was not aware of most of this, its a real eye opener. It also shows how best to use You Tube for business purposes if that is what I want. Thank you again for this, very helpful.

    • Thanks Dawn!

      It is just the beginning, glad to hear that. I am going to build it up further on!
      Stay tuned and would be glad to see you again on my site.

      Thanks for comments,

  3. I ostsen ask myself: How come that there are so many videos on Youtube which use classical music – played by who-knows. Maybe not stating the orchestra/artists is a way to avoid copyright strikes?
    On the other hand we are taught to watch out for any music playing in the background when doing live streaming. And when I sang live German traditional Christmas songs, last year, I got copyright notices – really inappropriate in my opinion, only because there might be a music print -business who is selling the music sheet (of common property cultural music) or a music group having recorded that melody… Well, I contested the copyright strike and never heard back.
    I am interested in your take on that!

    • Hi, Heidi!

      Thanks for this great point!
      I would try to answer your question in short. This topic is so wide and different depending on the country where the music is produced and published as well, that a book could be written easily.

      Well, let´s try anyway, right?

      The reasons why some music videos are under the copyright and some not are various.First of all, as far I know, and I am not a copyright lawyer, but I did some researches on this topic, the copyright law is different in different countries. Everybody should check own national and of course, international copyright law.

      Said so, maybe some countries have more strict, and some countries less strict law! I was singing also German, Italian and English traditional Christmas songs in Croatia, especially the ones in English, and never somebody asked me, us, my friends, about it. Maybe, some music got so old that the copyright is not in power anymore. This could be the case with Classical music and other music as well.

      Further on, it can be that some authors allow the listen, sing, reproduce their music without any restrictions. Maybe the publisher got the special permission from the owner?

      It can also be that the agency of an author didn´t react as it should? It could also be that YouTube is getting incentives from the promotion going on the music videos reproduced on YouTube, and the part of it, YouTube is transferring to the author of the video …!?

      In the USA especially, there is a law in power called “Fair use”. It says that some music which is used for the purposes of the education, teaching (you can use multiple copies for the classroom use), scholarship, or research,criticism, comment, is not an infringement of copyright.

      Read below what Wikipedia is teaching us about “Fair use”:

      For fair use in trademark law, see Fair use (U.S. trademark law). For the broadband bandwidth management policy, see Fair Access Policy. For fair use of copyrighted works on Wikipedia, see Wikipedia:Non-free content.

      Fair use is a US legal doctrine that permits limited use of copyrighted material without acquiring permission from the rights holders. It is similar to the fair dealing doctrines used in some countries outside the United States. While according to the Supreme Court fair use is an affirmative defense, in Lenz v. Universal Music Corp.,(the “dancing baby” case), the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit concluded that fair use was not merely a defense to an infringement claim, but was an expressly authorized right, and an exception to the exclusive rights granted to the author of a creative work by copyright law.

      “Fair use is, therefore, distinct from affirmative defenses where a use infringes a copyright, but there is no liability due to a valid excuse, e.g., misuse of a copyright.” Examples of fair use in United States copyright law include commentary, search engines, criticism, parody, news reporting, research, and scholarship. Although related, the limitations and exceptions to copyright for teaching and library archiving in the U.S. are located in a different section of the statute. Fair use provides for the legal, unlicensed citation or incorporation of copyrighted material in another author’s work under a four-factor balancing test.

      The term “fair use” originated in the United States. A the similar-sounding principle, fair dealing, exists in some other common law jurisdictions but in fact, it is more similar in principle to the enumerated exceptions found in civil law systems. Civil law jurisdictions have other
      limitations and exceptions to copyright.

      Fair use is one of the traditional safety valves intended to balance the interests of copyright holders with the public interest in the wider distribution and use of creative works by allowing certain limited uses that might otherwise be
      considered infringement.”

      You can find many videos on YouTube explaining this law!

      I hope this clarification helps a bit…

      By the way, I am also learning a lot while writing these comments and answering the questions!

      Once, some wise person said: “The best way to learn stuff, is to teach stuff!”

      I wish you a great day,

  4. Heck, Using someone else’s music is a dangerous game, musicians are on the lookout continuously searching for people infringing their rights.
    Message understood, create your own and then you don’t break any laws. Serious business, protect yourself when you have created your own.
    Thanks for your advice here, I have learnt a lot from your written article.
    Thanks again,

    • Hi, Simon!

      I am very glad You liked the post!

      I ma now in the phase of building my site and in the future more valuable
      posts are coming!

      Stay tuned!

      Thanks for Your reply!

      All the best!

  5. Great article with lots of details. I had a few questions about marketing on youtube. You seem to be in my head. Written very well. I even signed up for your newsletter because of my interest in cryptocurrencies like bitcoin & ripple.

    • Hi, Henry!

      I am very glad to have You as a subscriber!
      my newsletter is coming soon. I am very busy now with setting up my site!

      But, if You would like to have additional info regarding bitcoin, cryptocurrency, then feel free to
      write to my email: , or even if You like, we can talk on skype about it.

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  6. Wow definitely did not know that you could create a paid subscription channel. The old saying still holds true to this day. “The more you learn the more you earn.” That seemed way to easy lol, easy to follow. Thanks for the lesson Igor.

    • Hi, Cedric!

      Thanks a lot for your reply! I appreciate it you like the post!
      Stay tuned for more posts regarding marketing and around online marketing!

      All the best,

  7. Nice work Igor. Your article was well written and well explained. In today’s internet world music publishing companies have spiders that crawl looking for their content. It does not take long for them to find their music. The best would be to create your own on some of the music software available. AJ

    • Hi, AJ!

      Thanks a lot for the reply!
      Yeah, the best thing is to create own content, not only in the music
      field, but also as a writer, or painter or video creator, etc…



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