February 1, 2016 at 7:05AM


Music Rights

Hi All,

I wonder and have always wondered what kind of money I would need to spend and what kind of rights I need to obtain in order to use a famous song.

For example, I would LOVE to use a small bit of AC/DC's Back in Black in my next short film. Does anyone know the process I need to go through to do this?



I doubt that this will cover super popular songs, but it's something worth checking out...

FStoppers : Song Freedom Article

February 1, 2016 at 9:42AM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

Guy, thanks for the interesting info about songfreedom!

Nathan, per my experience it's not so hard task to find royalty free music in any particular style you need. I like this source http://tiny.cc/Royalty_Free_Music
One of the possible approach is to write to the forum there and ask community for something similar to AC/DC's Back in Black and I'm sure you will receive some options to choose.

Best Regards,

Andrey Mishchenko

February 1, 2016 at 6:39PM

Thanks Guys. That site is interesting. It seems, upon further research that obtaining the rights for something as famous as Back in Black by AC/DC would cost a fortune.

February 4, 2016 at 5:38AM

Nathan Karimi
Writer/ Director

However hiring a band to write a song similar to the ac/dc song and performance may not cost anything at all.

February 4, 2016 at 3:13PM


Hi Nathan,
There is 2 rights to open... to be sure you can use a famous song in your project...
First you have to ask the producer of the song then the writer(s).
For AC DC "Back in Black" you need to ask the Label "Atlantic Records" then the writers "Angus Young - Malcolm Young - Brian Johnson"...
The Label may give you also the writer(s) agreement...
If it is too complicated for you, you can choose another song that would fit your video...
In general, for my projects I use Copyleft Music (Creative Commons Attribution License).
It is really more simple than Copyrighted content...
My favourite website for that is www.be-tunes.com because there's only one License there, so no need to check the License for each music... and it is totally free!

February 27, 2017 at 4:49AM


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