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  1. Until recently, I knew very little about how YouTube deals with copyright violators. Sure…I’d heard stories from friends & colleagues, but I’d never actually dealt with it firsthand. Now I have! For those who aren’t aware, I’m a long-time YouTuber. I set up my first channel back in January of 2010 & currently administrate a total of five. Even with 5 channels, I’d never had occasion to post work I didn’t own, or have permission to use. A few weeks back, I decided to try something new.….a playlist series called “Play Along”. The videos consist of me playing drums to a prerecorded song. Not exactly a revolutionary concept! You’ll find countless examples this type of thing already on YouTube. But….it was new for me & it sounded like fun! My original intent was to post each video without the play-along song. That would have avoided the whole copyright quagmire, but it also had an unintended consequence. It made the finished product much less interesting! After some deliberation, I decided to roll the dice. If nothing else, it could serve as a learning experience. When I formatted my video, I used an mp3 iTunes version of the audio (song). Typically, mp3s of this type contain tagging which allows the track to be detected on platforms like YouTube. I uploaded my project & classified it as an “unlisted” video. This is standard practice for me. Once I view the upload & verify that it’s intact, I change the classification to “public”. It was late, so I put that final review off till the next morning. By the time I logged back on the next day…. The legal owner had already detected my use of his song Reported the violation to YouTube Decided what options to offer me Tagged & set up my video for AD monetization Keep in mind, at this point, my video was still classified as “unlisted”. I hadn’t even checked the upload yet! It seems the wheels of progress turn quickly when there’s revenue at stake! Fortunately for me, this was the outcome I had hoped for. Most of those 2nd hand stories I mentioned earlier had described a similar process. Below is a copy of the actual notice that YouTube/Google attached to my video….. Your video has been blocked in some countries. Copyrighted content was found in your video. Because of the claimant's policy, this video can't be played in some countries. VIEWING RESTRICTIONS · Video blocked in 1 country · Unavailable on some devices MONETIZATION · Monetized by claimant If you agree with these conditions, you don't have to do anything. Learn More Copyright details CONTENT CLAIMANT POLICY · Look Away (Album Version) - The Ozark Mountain Daredevils · Sound recording · 0:02 - 3:29 play match · UMG · Blocked in some countries · Remove Song · File a Dispute Additional details about original version of the notice: When you hover over the “Video blocked in 1 country” statement, it tells you which country…in this case - Germany. When you hover over the “Monetized by claimant” statement, this notice appears – “You can use the copyrighted content in your video, but ads might appear on your video.” As you can see, the poster is given 3 basic choices: 1. Do nothing, indicating that you agree with the arrangements already negotiated. 2. Remove the copyrighted song 3. File a dispute over the ownership of contested material, in this case the play-along audio track. Clicking on the “Learn More” link took me to a page containing this statement – “Am I in trouble? · In most cases, getting a Content ID claim isn’t a bad thing for your YouTube channel. It just means, “Hey, we found some material in your video that’s owned by someone else.” · It’s up to copyright owners to decide whether or not others can reuse their original material. In many cases, copyright owners allow the use of their content in YouTube videos in exchange for putting ads on those videos.” In the spirit of full disclosure, that page also contains information pertaining to other potential outcomes. Occasionally, the owner of rights can strongly object. In some of those cases, your standing as a YouTube member can be affected….both negatively & permanently. So, the bottom line seems to be this….doing what I did is a bit of a crap-shoot! There is a chance it could affect your standing on YouTube and more. BUT….the majority of the time, you’ll probably get an outcome similar to what I got here. For me it was win-win. They’re allowing me to use the audio and I gained first-hand knowledge of YouTube’s procedures for handling breach of copyright. When I changed the video classification to “public”, I added this statement in the liner notes…… ***The ADs you see here are not mine. The registered owner of "Look Away" chose to allow use of their audio content in exchange for placing ads in my video. Since I had no commercial aspirations for this project anyway, I thought that arrangement was more than fair! For anyone interested, here’s the video that brought about this learning experience - https://youtu.be/VRdqL_UCQz0 Tom Hoffman Songstuff member profilehttp://www.tune-smith.comhttp://www.youtube.com/user/DrumStuffTH
  2. Hi there! I just made a remix of 2pac's song "how do you want it". I only used his vocals from the song, and all the music in the remix is made by me (completely original music by me). I wonder if any of you know if and how I can legally upload this remix to soundcloud and YouTube, considering the copyrights on his vocals? I recon that giving credit in the description isn't enough? I wonder who to contact asking about permission to upload this remix since it''s 2Pac. I appreciate your help and tips! - Amadeus :-)
  3. Youtube Covers: Licensing Questions

    Hi all, This is my first post on songstuff. I tried searching "youtube covers" in this forum, in the hopes that someone else has already asked the same question, but couldn't really find anything. If it's already been addressed, my apologies! I'm planning on recording some cover versions of jazz standards and uploading them to YouTube. I wouldn't be using the recordings for any other purpose besides YouTube. I'm trying to find out about the licensing details. A really good website that I found that got me partway to finding an answer is www.harryfox.com. Specifically, this page: https://www.harryfox.com/license_music/youtube_license.html, where it says this: "To use the song composition, you need to negotiate a synchronization license directly with the music publisher. However, many music publishers have entered into license agreements with YouTube permitting the use of the songs they control in exchange for a percentage of any advertising revenues (although in some cases the publisher may set a policy that a particular song is blocked from use)." But, I can't figure out what songs would fall under that category of having already entered into agreements with YouTube. Finding and contacting the publishers of each individual song seems unnecessarily prohibitive, especially if they've already negotiated the agreement. Does anyone know if there is a list anywhere of the publishers and/or works that do fall under this category? It would seem that for people like me (and looking on YouTube for jazz standard covers it seems there are many) it would be useful to both the musicians in question and the publishers themselves to have this information published somewhere, though I can't find anything like this online. I'm guessing that all the people who do jazz standard covers on youtube have just uploaded them without worrying about it, and if they happen to get a take-down notice, so be it. For myself though, I want to be confident that everything is totally legit before I even get started. Some of the songs I was planning on recording (though it's not limited to these) are: Summertime (Gershwin/Heyward) The Girl From Ipanema (Jobim/Moraes) Autumn Leaves (Kosma/Prévert) What a Wonderful World (Thiele/Weiss) Caravan (Tizol) April In Paris (Duke/Harburg) etc. So, the main thing I'm after is finding a way to determine if a particular song falls under the "already existing agreement" with YouTube. Any help from anyone would be greatly appreciated! And, if there is anyone who is actually an expert in the field, I'd also be happy to pay a consulting fee to chat with you to get some of these answers. Thanks very much! Tobin
  4. Hi all, My group made a recording in the early 70s that has recently been sampled on several contemporary recordings. My group was recorded by someone who handled the copyright and publishing logistics. The 45 shows my group as the writers of the A and B sides. The publishing company and record label shown on the 45 are now defunct and the individuals who produced the 45 on our behalf cannot be found. Both songs are shown as BMI registered. The 45 is the only known release by the label. It goes for high bids on eBay. To my knowledge, it has not been digitized to the original full length 45 except on YouTube. My questions are: 1. How can I determine if the BMI registration is still binding under the previous publisher? 2. Is the original copyright still binding? If so, how do I go about re-releasing and/or licensing the songs? 3. If the songs are no longer protected by the original copyright, am I allowed to copyright both songs then register them with BMI myself to allow the remaining (living) members of the group access to potential royalties? 4. How can I determine if the original publishing company and its productions have been bought or merged with another entity conducting business? 5. Am I allowed to transfer the audio from the 45 to a digital format myself then license its use? If so, how can I get the best quality audio without being perceived as conducting copyright infringement myself? Please forgive my naïveté. I am sure I am overlooking many questions and have omitted important information. Any step by step guidance would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks!
  5. Hi there! I'm helping produce a documentary feature film where we'd like to use Michael Jackson songs. We are looking for a MJ copyright and music licensing expert to help us! Any idea of where to get information or someone to help? Thanks!
  6. Ed Sheeran sued over "Photograph"

    Just ran across this online. http://www.forbes.com/sites/hughmcintyre/2016/06/09/ed-sheeran-sued-for-20-million-for-allegedly-copying-for-his-song-photograph/#6b39d134aa69
  7. Hi all, I would really like to use the following track: "Erik Satie - gymnopedie no 2" for a little short animation piece. I can't find anyone that I should contact in order to get permission to use this track. I was hoping to find out if anyone on here knows how to get permission for this track. thank you in advance!
  8. So, I think that's a tricky one: Someone hires you as a producer, engineer and artist to record a COVER song for him. You are either a freelancer or a studio owner. Who is responsible for obtaining the mechanical license for the song? Is it legit that you just do the job and deliver it (for any use he intends) without any involvement of yourself with the copyright issues?
  9. Musician/songwriter forums, such as SongStuff.com, are incredibly useful for certain things. Seeking reliable, definitive advice about copyright related questions is not among them. Yet year-after-year we see an endless parade of new-member posts inquiring about exactly that. There are 2 generally accepted sources for information pertaining to copyright: The Library of Congress (Washington D.C.)Entertainment AttorneysConsulting the first of those sources is free, but you'll need to do the research yourself & draw your own conclusions based on that research. Typically, entertainment attorneys are not free! You'll probably have to pay for their advice, but they will get the answers for you. If you're undecided about which of these avenues is best, I recommend asking yourself one simple question. Can you afford to pay an attorney? If the answer to that question is NO, then there is no decision to be made. The Library of Congress is for you! That's exactly how I learned & I've been registering copyrights for 16+ years. Believe me....it's much easier to find information now, than it was 16 years ago. Here are a number of direct links you may find useful: United States Copyright Office http://copyright.gov/Why Should I Register My Work? FAQ page http://copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-general.html#automaticCopyright FAQ - http://copyright.gov/help/faq/index.htmlElectronic Copyright Office tutorial - http://copyright.gov/eco/eco-tutorial.pdfOnline Copyright Registration - http://copyright.gov/eco/If you're still bound & determined to ask your question on a musician/songwriter's forum, here's what you can expect. - You'll get an array of responses & contradictory advice, from well-meaning individuals with a variety of qualifications. - Those responses may be based on personal experience, personal knowledge, guesswork or opinion. You'll have absolutely no way of knowing which, since the people offering it are virtual strangers. - The conversation will stray from your original question. Based on years of personal experience, I can tell you that it always does. You'll end up reading responses, which have little or nothing to do with your original question. - If you do get lucky enough to find a forum member who is actually a practicing attorney, there's no way they'll be willing to risk whatever liability may result from offering you free online advice. If they are willing to offer an opinion at all, it'll be strictly a personal opinion, NOT a legal recommendation. Even in the best case scenario, you won't have advice that you can afford to count on. BTW - this will always be the case, regardless of the specific forum! When it's all said and done, you'll come away with unreliable advice. It's your work.....right? That is why you asked the question to begin with...right? So are you really willing to base your decision on advice offered by a bunch of total strangers? If you're truly concerned about protecting your work, you can't afford to guess. You need to know! Hopefully, this blog article doesn't offend anyone. That's not my intent. I am simply amazed at our chosen methods for acquiring information these days. Many seem to feel that asking complete strangers is better than figuring it out for themselves. I find that incredibly sad! Tom Hoffman Songstuff member profile http://www.tune-smith.com http://www.youtube.com/user/DrumStuffTH
  10. Open The Gates Of Hell !

    Open the gates of hell and make room for commercial songwriters! Hard for me to believe that vague similarity now passes for actual infringement. In the past 24 hours, I've heard these allegedly similar snippets of melody several times. In my humble opinion, claiming that one is derivative of the other is an incredible over-reach. While I imagine the legal profession is pleased, I weep for the future of professional songwriting. Far too many flimsy claims like this in recent years! http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/sam-smith--tom-petty-settlement-20150126 Tom
  11. Hello all, I have a situation that is giving me some concern. I have a few songs that I've written and performed with my band. Unfortunately, we made the mistake of uploading two of them to my YouTube account, without copyright registration. Now I want to copyright these two songs along with a few others that I also have and that haven't been recorded yet. My concern is whether these two songs are already considered as "published works", since they are available to the public on Youtube. If that's the case, I 'd like to know how to submit them as they're required so send some kind of proof, but all I have is a Youtube link or otherwise, they can still be considered as unpublished works and therefore be submitted along with the other unpublished songs. Any one, please help me on this. Thanks. Ed98.
  12. A Couple Questions!

    Hello all! Well, to start off this thread I'd like to say --- good news! I've been accepted to UARTS in philadelphia pennsylvania, and will be attending in january. Now, until then, I would like to get two projects done. The first would be releasing my own album -- this is harder than the other project , because my resources are limited atm. But I'd like just a little five track EP sorta thing to put out there, show what I'm about. Secondly, I'd like to put together a mixtape. Here's where my questions come in -- since my mixtape, obviously isn't going to be for sale...can I get in trouble for using instrumentals by artists like TOPP DOGG and Block B? I don't think I can if I use proper credit, plus, you know, mix tapes are released be rappers wanting to get noticed all the time!
  13. If I wanted to use the overused blues riff made famous by the likes of Muddy Waters on Hoochie Coochie man, Bad to the Bone, and plenty others. Is using this copyright infringment? It is used in blues from long ago and not sure what the law is on this. I want to take this and put all new music behind it but still have this style. The start and stop slow style. Any information would be helpful.
  14. Hello, I am a musician who would like to record an album one day. I would also like to copyright my work. I have a question about copyrighting. Is it legal to write music using Brand Name Sound Effects and Instruments and then copyright that? For example: if I am using a Line 6 Spider II Amp and a Fender Telecaster Guitar and I record an original piece of music using that equipment am I allowed to copyright that? Do I need some sort of licensing agreement with Line 6 or Fender to be able to copyright the music in my name if I use their brand name sound effects, amps, and instruments? (this question is not limited to Line 6 and Fender only) Also, what about using a drum machine in my songs and then copyrighting that? Does a licensing agreement apply? Thank you
  15. It`s a real question for me. I`ve stuck ... As I live in Russia it might be different... but here there s no law about keeping author rights. I`ve created several albums and I`d like to send them to some labels or simply place on some music sites where I`m already a memeber. But... copyright question is an important one. I was advised by some musicians to place on my videos Creative Commons License, if it`s enough? What about audio?
  16. Each of the above quotes was copy/pasted directly from a publically classified Youtube video. Each is slightly different, but the obvious intents are identical.....the posters wish to absolve themselves of any potential liability. The things is, unless I'm incredibly misinformed, these disclaimers are absolutely useless! Legally speaking, they accomplish nothing! Essentially. what they have done is...... violate copyright then attach a disclaimer stated that they had no intention of doing what they'd already done. I was very careful in my collection of these disclaimers. Each was taken from a "MONETIZED" video. For those unfamiliar with the term, "monetized" means that the poster of the video is attempting to profit from the posting of it by allowing revenue-sharing ADs to be run in conjunction with them. In other words, the person who posted the video is attempting to profit from a video that they specifically stated they don't own the rights to. Seemingly, it's OK with Google....which I find absolutely amazing. But I'll leave that discussion for another day. I first began noticing disclaimers like this a couple months ago, but as time passes, I'm seeing more and more. It's obviously caught on! Don't believe me? Just pull up Youtube and do a quick search under "no copyright infringement intended"....you'll see! While I have no intention of going on a rampage about this, I certainly thought it was worthy of public mention and perhaps further discussion.....hence my post. I trust that if I've misstated or misunderstood something here, that will be pointed out to me via a response. But in my mind, this practice is the equivalent of...... stealing from someone then leaving a note stating that "you didn't intend to steal from them" WTF? One would have to assume that these posters....... don't actually understand what a copyright is or simply don't care Tom
  17. Copyright On Youtube

    Hi all, I'm planning to launch a YouTube channel where music will play a big part, and I'm curious about the ownership implications of that, particularly for monetization on my videos. Plus, I've noticed that YouTube wants you to provide some kind of written documentation showing that you are the sole owner and rights holder of your song in order to get the videos monetized... So, as a composer, performer, and engineer, what exactly should I plan to produce to prove the song is totally mine? I've also heard that if you put the songs for sale on iTunes and other online music retailers through a service like CDBaby, YouTube gives you a hard time about the rights being yours. Any thoughts or experiences on these questions? Thanks!
  18. Hey everyone I'm new here and thought I'd create my first topic. I am a new song writer and wanted to copyright the lyrics to my songs. I came across www.songregistration.com. Anyone know if it is reputable and legit or a scam? Having a nice attractive site doesn't always mean they are legit. Those are the ones sometimes you have to watch out for. They have an A rating with the BBB. But still hesitating. I searched around at a bunch of other copyright sites. This one offered reasonable prices and packages. Hope you can help... Thanks
  19. Hey guys, I've got a feeling that there might be a topic similar to this one out there somewhere so I'm sorry if I'm wasting people's time but I got a message yesterday that I want to respond to as quickly as possible but don't know what to say... So a friend wrote to me saying that for her course she's helping put together a film festival this year and they're making a showreel for it. She asked if I had any appropriate music for the showreel which I think I might do, but if not then I would consider writing her something quickly just so I can get the gig. Basically I have two questions. I haven't copyrighted my songs yet properly. I've only recently found John's post on how to do that and I'm basically waiting for some money to come in before I get to it. Is it then a terrible idea to give her my song to use? I was even thinking of cutting and reorganising the original track around a bit so it would fit more with the beats and actions of a 1 minute showreel, would that mean having to copyright that version too? Is the handy trick of posting the the song and all the project files from Logic etc enough to cover me this time round in case something happens? And my second question is, she asked me what my fee was and to be honest I've got no idea. These are students and I'm (probably) not going to be composing music specifically for them so what exactly would my "fee" be? I'm in the UK but I'm sure pricings are similar in most places so any input would be great. Again, I realise that this has probably come up before as a topic. I need to leave the house for the day very soon and want to get back to her by tonight so sadly didn't have time to peruse the boards. Thanks everyone!
  20. I have a question concerning song copyrighting. I'm working on a project that involves reinterpreting the works of blues singers of the early 1900's who's works are currently owned by publishers. These songs were changed through arrangement by adding or subtracting chords and melody or adding instruments. Parts of lyrics were used in these arrangements by the writer and additional lyrics were added by the current artists. My question is this. My intention is to give copyright credit to the original writer when any part of his or her song is used, but can the current artist also be credited as a writer or collaborator? If so how would this be listed in the credits?
  21. Hi All, Here's a scenario: A collaboration is agreed upon because the singer/musician likes the concept of the album idea that the lyricist has drafted and the lyricist has already written half the songs for. The singer agrees to provide the music and record the songs for the album along with writing the lyrics and music for the next half of the songs that will go to make up the complete CD album. What type of royalty deal should the lyricist expect from this collaborative recording project? For example, should he expect approximately 50% of sales from every album?? Many Thanks, CC.