How can I use music legally?

Using music legally is difficult, here is what we know about the process.

With Tukios, you can upload music to the videos that you are creating. However, you need to know the laws surrounding it.

There is a common misconception in the industry that it is okay to purchase a song from iTunes or Amazon and upload it for use in a memorial video. Legally, this is not the case. Songs being used in videos must have what is called a synchronization license. 

The synchronization license is not part of the performance license provided by the ICCFA or the NFDA. 

Synchronization License: This is the right to synchronize a song or a piece of music with your visual image. It must be obtained from the copyright owner of the music, which is usually the publisher. You can find out who the publisher is by using ASCAP's Clearance Express (ACE) at Songs that are not represented by ASCAP might be found at HFA ( You will be provided with a contact at the publisher's Business Affairs or Licensing Department.

To keep out of trouble, it is best to use the songs from our library. If you have a family member who wrote, performed, and recorded their songs, they own all of the rights to it, and they permit you to use it in the video, then you are okay to upload those songs. Otherwise, it is best to avoid uploading your music. For this cause, we are unable to ship physical products that contain user-uploaded music for licensing reasons. 

We have added a statement to the Upload Music section of the website that states, "By clicking “Agree and Accept,” you represent that you have obtained all appropriate licenses for any music you upload to Tukios, and you will defend, indemnify, and hold harmless Tukios, Inc. and all of their respective owners, employees, agents, successors, and assigns from any claims of third parties arising from your breach of this representation."


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