One thing that has concerned me since starting out in video is the whole thing about using copyrighted music on personal videos. I’ve just been reading a post on the HV20.com forum that explains the use of creative commons music.
The music in my videos plays as much part in conveying emotion and feeling as the footage, in fact the emotion while I’m creating it is mostly driven by the music. I’ve looked for royalty free music in the past and found it very difficult to find music that inspires me. It’s for this reason that I’ve been drawn to using music I know and love.
I recently discovered jamendo who are making creative commons music easier to find and offer a very practical solution to our needs as videographers. As you’ll see in the post there are a few things to look out for but from what I’ve seen so far it looks to be a good way for creative people to share their work and benefit from each others art.
At the bottom of the HV20.com page the author gives a link to a talk by Larry Lessig, a co-founder of the creative commons movement and I highly recommend you watch it as he describes the current situation with copyright law in a very entertaining and interesting way.
If anyone has any experience with publishing using the creative commons license then please feel free to post a comment.