If I purchase music from the link in a_hisa's music video description, can I use the music in my video?


a_hisa - Happiness Bell
from 8th album「colors 6」

buy on Gumroad https://gumroad.com/a_hisa

Gumroad information:

colors 6
¥800, 71.4 MB

It's confusing because a lot of people say no.

I would appreciate it if you could tell me if it can be used in my video and if it can be used commercially.

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    The answer will depend on the license you get when you purchase it. Such licenses do not generally include the right to reproduce the work commercially.
    – User65535
    Commented Aug 22, 2022 at 9:06

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By "buying the song" on Gumroad you don't actually buy the song, you buy the right to do specific things with that song. I couldn't find the exact license terms, but for 800 Yen (about $6) for a whole album I highly doubt that this will include much more than the right to listen to the song on a private device.

The rights to publicly perform, reproduce, redistribute, use commercially etc. usually cost a lot more.

So if you want the rights to use the song in your own video, you will have to negotiate the purchase of a license which allows you to do that with the creator. Or if they reassigned their copyrights to a music label or copyright collective (which some music artists do), with that organization.

There are some exceptions in the copyright laws of some countries where you can use parts of a song without a license. For example, the "fair use" exception in US copyright law if you review, discuss or analyze a song. But such exceptions usually don't apply if you use the song as background music, adapt the song into an own work or even just reupload the song on your own channel.


A commercial-exploitation license is required to do so legally. License information is sparse, but it does say

This is not background music material.

Any unauthorized use is strictly prohibited

There is no explicit license associated with the purchase, so to even download and listen to the work, you would have to rely on the somewhat sketchy concept of "implicit license".

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