Today I’m coming at you with another Random Ramblings post. This one is all about YouTube and copyright issues.
If you didn’t already know, I have a YouTube channel called Écrits du Coeur (here’s a link) and I have gone through what every other YouTuber has gone through before. Copyright issues.
On Twitter a few weeks ago, I had a mini-rant about the whole problem:
That pretty much said all that I needed to say, but I wanted to give you a little more detail. This all started when I uploaded a video titled The Siblings Tag. Usually, when editing videos, I use background music and that in itself isn’t a problem. However, if you use a song in it that has some kind of license attached to it, it can be a problem.
If you go to the end of the video, you can see that I used ‘I Want What You Have’ by Willamette Stone. I knew that I wanted to use it because I liked the beat and tempo so I went on the audio library (a place on YouTube where you can see if you can use the song or if it has a license/ attribution with it) and searched for it. It didn’t show up, but I still wanted to use it, so I made sure I clearly stated that I didn’t own the song multiple times and said who it was by in the description.
Of course, this didn’t work and it was a mistake on my part. I’m not saying that anyone was in the wrong but me but I think it’s so time-consuming to do all this.
YouTube has an automatic computerized… thingy (I have no idea what to call it. An algorithm maybe? I don’t know.) that goes through your video literally seconds after you publish it and finds all the copyrighted material. This is an amazing thing to have because the owner of said copyrighted material doesn’t even have to watch the video and flag it for it to be labeled as copyright.
Anyways, I was given a copyright notice on a few of my videos so I took it down, went back to my handy-dandy editor, and changed the music to non-copyright music (it’s always only the music, though you can get flagged if you use a picture or video clip as well).
It happened again for this video so I went on to see what they had claimed and the penalties for it. You see, when someone flags a video as having copyrighted material in it, they can do one of many options. They can take it down, they simply flag it as their own and that’s it, or they can even add ads to your videos.
I just want to say something about monetization for a second. Many YouTubers have ads on their videos and they make money whenever someone watches those ads. Firstly, I don’t have many people to watch my videos so it wouldn’t even be worth it to enable monetization, and I honestly hate ads.
When my video got flagged as copyright, the owner of the song sent me a message (not directly. It was automated by YouTube) saying that they’d let me use the song in my video, but they’re going to put ads on it and every time someone watches it, they get money.
It might sound like it bothers me, but it really doesn’t. I’d rather not have any copyright claims to my account and I’d rather have no ads, but I’m glad they’re still allowing me to keep my video up.
It does give me a big headache to think about everything in the YouTube industry (and I’ve just skimmed the surface. There are tons of other blog posts out there who explain everything more and in more detail) but it does make me happy to know that we’ve evolved so much that we can, one, make videos and you viewers can watch them for free and two, automatically tell if our music,songs, and videos are being used by other people.
Like I said in the tweet, though, I love making videos, I love editing them, and I love seeing your reactions to them so I’m in no way trash-talking YouTube. 😉
Okay, my rant is over. If you have any questions, suggestions, or stories of your own, feel free to leave a comment below!
Like always, I post reviews on Mondays, tags on Tuesdays, my favorite #1lineWed tweets on Wednesdays, sometimes excerpts or short stories on Thursdays, Chapters of Face All the Pain on Fridays, and Camp NaNo Updates on Sundays. I’ll see you all later but until then, keep writing, loves.
Find my previous post here: #1lineWed Favorites: July 27