A question I get asked a lot is "Is your music copyright-free?", there is a distinct difference between copyright-free and royalty-free and not a lot of people seem to understand that the difference exists or what it means, so I thought I would post this short explanation.

In short:

  • My music is NOT copyright-free.
  • My music is royalty-free.
  • Yes, you can still use it in your Youtube video.
  • When you purchase my music, you also get a licence to use it in your content, royalty-free, under usage conditions (see below).
  • When you purchase my music, you are NOT purchasing the copyright.
  • I own the copyright.
  • To buy the copyright from me would cost a lot of Donuts.
  • I like Donuts.

A slightly longer explanation:

COPYRIGHT is a form of intellectual property which gives the creator of an original work exclusive rights for a certain time period in relation to that work, including its publication, distribution and adaptation. Copyright applies to any expressible form of an idea or information that is substantive and discrete. Some jurisdictions also recognise "moral rights" of the creator of a work, such as the right to be credited for the work.

COPYRIGHT-FREE would be to give up all of the rights previously mentioned.

ROYALTY-FREE refers to a type of contract between a two entities (you and me), that is employed when licensing the rights to use content, such as music. The term ROYALTY-FREE means that once the content is licensed (purchased by you) under a set of usage conditions (see below), the licensee (you) is free to use it in perpetuity without paying additional royalty charges.


By using my music, you agree to the following terms of use:

1. You may not upload my music to a Youtube MUSIC channel.

2. Please purchase the music you use from HERE (it is the cheapest place to buy it) - or become a VIP MEMBER.

3. You may not sell/share or redistribute my music in any way other than as part of your creation.

4. Please credit me in the video/podcast description as follows:

Music by: David Cutter Music -