- Friday, January 16, 2009
- YouTube Mutes Videos
It seems as if YouTube has now started to act on its threats of removing all copyrighted content from the site.
In particular, you may have noticed the muting of copyrighted (unauthorised) soundtracks that accompany some videos.
What does this mean?
Well, often when users posts a home movie/ video mix onto YouTube, they use their favourite song as the soundtrack to the video. Well, if this song is copyrighted (any songs released by an artist), the audio will be muted.
From YouTube Copyright Policy:
“Be sure that all components of your video are your original creation—even the audio portion. For example, if you use an audio track of a sound recording owned by a record label without that record label’s permission, your video may be infringing the copyrights of others and may be subject to removal.”
For more information on YouTube’s Copyright Policy, please see here.
If your video does contain copyrighted audio, an official notice from YouTube may appear under the video saying the following:
“This video contains an audio track that has not been authorised by all copyright holders. The audio has been disabled.”
So although your video will play, the sound will be absent.
It will look something like this:
See an example video here.
Well, there is no doubt that this is a pain and there is lots of talk on the web of ”creepy silent videos” - all the audio is muted, so even if you have a narration over the soundtrack, this will disappear.
I think it would be fair to say that often artists benefit enormously from people using their tracks on YouTube - many videos either include the track name and artist in the credits or link to the artist in the ‘information’ section - and I know I have discovered music that I would not normally ever come in contact with. However, YouTube seems to have made their decision, so to use a video soundtrack safely on YouTube, it has to be royalty-free.
What’s the Solution?
Here at trakAx.com, we’ve been selling royalty-free loops, beats and full tracks for over a year and we now cover most popular genres (pop, hip-hop, dance, techno, jazz, rock, metal etc.). All the content has been created by professional musicians and artists (such as Loopmasters), so you don’t have to wade through tons of dross like some other sites before you discover some quality tunes.
You have two options when purchasing:
Purchase royalty-free loops and beats and create your own unique track using trakAxPC or any other music creation software (from just $1.99 for bundles of 10 Loops - $14.99 for 100 Loops)
Purchase a ready-made royalty-free full track (from $12.99)
Royalty-free means that once you purchase the loops or the full track, you are free to use this content however you want and however many times you want - post it online (YouTube, Facebook etc.), create CDs , use in a TV/Radio/Web Advertisement, Use in a Business Presentation etc. What’s more, if you purchase loops and beats, you can create an unlimited number of new mixes using different combinations of loops, beats, tempos etc. to give each soundtrack an unique feel.
There are some interesting/ funny articles on YouTube’s new policy online:
Mashable - http://mashable.com/2009/01/14/youtube-mutes-videos/ and http://mashable.com/2009/01/15/youtube-video-muting/
Phil Bradley - http://philbradley.typepad.com/phil_bradleys_weblog/2009/01/youtube-mutes-videos-with-unauthorised-musical-soundtrack.html
TechCrunch - http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/01/14/youtube-full-of-creepy-soundless-music-videos/
Note: We provide discounts to educators of up to 30% on all Loop Bundles purchased over $100 - please see our Education Page for more information.
If you are a producer/ semi-pro musician and would like to sell you content on trakAx.com, please see the ‘Sell Music’ page for more information.
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thanks for the comment and the kind words.
We are working very hard and hope to get the new release out as soon as possible. There has been a few challenges in the production of the new application, but we are in final testing stage and we hope to have the new release out in late Feb.
Thanks for the patience and we are really looking forward to getting the new release out.
they’ve taken down 4 or 5 of my videos, a few of which had already been up for a year or so. just goes to show in reality its not a copyright issue, its a dick wagging contest between google/youtube and WMG. quite disgusting actually.