Okay, so a few months ago I posted this promo video. You know, the one with a bunch of us gals having fun with makeup. A few days after it went up on my YouTube channel, I get an IM from one of my good friends (who is an attorney) saying I need to take it down.
Here's the conversation:
Friend: "Lovely, you can't use that Bruno Mars song."
Me: "Really? Why? I love that song! Did you see his performance at the Super Bowl...AMAZING!"
Friend: "Did you buy the rights to the song?"
Me: "Yes, on iTunes."
Friend: "Not the same. You are using it to sell something. Not for personal use."
Me: "I don't sell anything."
Friend: "Yes you do. You sell yourself."
Me: (No reply)
Me: "Sorry. I was just laughing so hard that I couldn't type. You totally made me think of Julia Roberts in Pretty Women. I guess it makes sense."
Friend: "Trust me, just pick another song that is royalty free."
And that's exactly what I did. It only took me four months to find a great song AND here it is! The moral of this story is never use a song that is not considered "royalty free". You may spend some money to get something you really love but all artist deserve to be compensated for their work, right? (Sorry, Bruno! I still love you.)
Hope you enjoy it as much as I love it!
Special thanks to my pal Jeremy Whited from I Do Films for putting up with all my late night emails and text messages. We literally went through 10 other music options before we found this perfect song!