Yes, there are options. We can use a small portion of a song or film for education, criticism, parody, as long we get permission from the artist or filmmaker and ask for their permission. There's also the Creative Commons solution, which is content that is shared on the Internet. This content is available to the public as long as is credited on the website/blog/production/content we created. However, some of the content on Creative Commons are restricted and fall on the copyright law. There are different combinations of how to use Creative Commons.
It's very easy to violate copyright law. We must be aware of the content that we use or we create. You can avoid using a work that is already done and create one yourself. But beware, don't copy the same notes, melody, dialog or visual, you are violating copyright law.