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Can I use Songs royalty free from youtube's audio library?

I need some general legal advice on copyright.

Can you use any songs and soundeffects from the youtube audio library?

They say you can use them for whatever creative purpose you want even outside of youtube. But maybe the creators of these songs see that differently? I heard of some cases where it was like that.

I literally have no knowledge about this and copyright is a complicated subject. If anyone has any expertise in this area or already had some trouble with this I would greatly appreciate help :)

Thanks for your help 😄

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  • DarkvinterDarkvinter Member
    Accepted Answer

    Some songs in youtube's library use a CC-BY 4.0 license, which is different than a copyright. It means anyone can use them as long as you give credit to the artist and mention the license and source you got it from. The rest of the songs don't specify a license which leads me to believe they're CC0 (aka public domain), meaning anyone can use them without crediting.

    I was thinking of using a few songs from their library too, but I couldn't find anywhere that said you can use them outside of youtube -- where did you see that? 😮 (not that I'm doubting you, I just wanna play it safe lol). In the end I decided to get music from sites like and, which have a lot of free game music with the creative commons (CC) licenses (and you can read about all of the different licenses and how to credit properly on those sites if you're still unsure).

    Hope I helped 😄


  • I can't find where I saw that back then anymore.... Maybe just a forum where some dude said that xD

    But I found that:

    So I guess we can't use songs from Youtube Audio Library outside of Youtube :/

    But I am going to have a look on your suggestions. Thank you :)

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