YouTube Shorts lets you use up to a minute of licensed music in your videos
Currently, creators of clips on YouTube Shorts can use copyrighted music tracks up to 15 seconds in length. Alphabet's short-form platform now allows commercial music to be used in 60-second increments, at best, depending on agreements with record labels.
Short-form content creators on YouTube Shorts will be happy to hear that Google has relaxed its rules regarding the use of licensed music. The company announced yesterday that creators will soon be able to sample portions of licensed music up to 60 seconds in length in their videos. Remember that before September 2022, videographers did not have the right to exploit commercial music at all. The rights holders were intractable and had come to automate requests for withdrawal for copyright infringement.
YouTube tempers its announcement, stating that the majority of tracks are usable with this new rule. Licensing agreements differ between record labels, so the chosen background track may only be usable for 15 or 30 seconds. If you create clips on YouTube Shorts and you have any doubts about the usage rights of a song, use Audio Picker, the tool offered directly in the new YouTube interface on Android and iOS.
On YouTube Shorts, a lot of songs will be usable for 60 seconds, but not all of them
Remember that if you create videos, on YouTube as on YouTube Short, using audio content protected by copyright, these can, generally as a last resort, be deleted. You may even receive a copyright strike. And after three warnings, the ax falls: your account and all associated channels may be closed, all content uploaded to your account is removed and you can no longer create a channel.