Cork, Ireland – Video streaming platforms such as YouTube or Twitch penalize users who make unauthorized use of copyrighted music, and this penalization could result in the blocking of videos with this content and even the removal of the user’s account.
For this reason, users of these platforms seek to use copyright-free music (usually under Creative Commons licenses) as an alternative.
But here is another problem: Artists who make Creative Commons music cannot register their music on systems that manage the unauthorized use of copyrighted music, such as YouTube’s Content ID. So the big losers are not only YouTubers or streamers that strive to generate quality content, but also artists who compose non-copyrighted music and offer their music for free use.
These composers usually create Creative Commons music, which, not being fully copyrighted, should not cause YouTube to block a video with their music. However, to the outrage of users, the YouTube or Twitch system also blocks videos that use this non-copyrighted music.
This even happens unintentionally when someone distributes a podcast using this music as background music. Also, but in a small proportion, plagiarism of Creative Commons music occurs, and there are more and more cases of theft of this type of music by certain distributors.
According to Patrick de Arteaga, a music composer who offers his non-copyrighted music on his website PatrickdeArteaga.com, this happens because there is no easy way to include Creative Commons music in the digital fingerprinting system of video and video stream platforms, and therefore there are publishers who distribute podcasts with this music on Spotify and other digital stores, causing Twitch and YouTube to include it in their digital fingerprinting systems as copyrighted music or audio, and thus making it impossible for anyone to use it in their videos.
This means that users have to appeal every time a false DMCA claim occurs, and that the real authors of such music have to complain to the distributors and platforms to remove the blocking.
DMCA is the United States’ copyright and anti-piracy law. Almost all audiovisual content platforms have digital fingerprinting systems (such as YouTube’s Content ID) that automatically identify copyrighted content. The problem is that since it is an automated system, it is not error-free either.
About Patrick de Arteaga
Patrick de Arteaga is a composer of free background music. He began composing soundtracks for short films and independent video games and currently has a wide repertoire of Creative Commons music on his website to download and use freely in independent multimedia projects.