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The Official Blog from | 2014 | Page 3

Grammy-Nominated Composer Speaks Up Against Union Blockage Of Game Recordings

posted on 10/06/2014

An incredibly interesting piece from Austin Wintory, a Grammy-nominated composer in the videogame soundtrack industry, who is facing a $50,000 fine from his own union, The American Federation of Musicians. Find out why and hear is side of the story in his video above.

You can reach Austin via his website and find out more about the AFM here.

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YouTube Copyright Match ID System Still Broken

YouTube Is Broken posted on 05/06/2014

There’s nothing more compelling than firsthand experience to remind you that things don’t really change, despite promises and reassurances. While there’s additional revenue to be sought from online content, 3rd party copyright claimants will flag your content and attempt to claim copyright using YouTube’s flawed music recognition system.

Whilst gearing up for the coming World Cup 2014 tournament in Brazil, we took to YouTube to share some of our favourite tunes. Upon posting our content, one piece was immediately incorrectly flagged to be something else, and therefore matched 3rd party copyright.

In this scenario, we immediately dispute the claim and contact the claimant directly. We also follow this procedure on behalf of any client licensing music from our library if they ever encounter such a claim. However, during this process, any content creators looking to monetize their content will notice they can no longer generate revenue from their content during the dispute, and those who are not enrolled in any monetization scheme may notice 3rd party adverts that could prove detrimental to their content’s aim or objective.

The dispute process is still long-winded, slow and treats the user as the criminal, in the wrong with the threat of their account being terminated if their dispute is wrong. When the dispute process is eventually filed through tick-boxes and statements, the review and possible lift of the claim can take anywhere from days, to weeks to be resolved.

It seems wrong that YouTube is treating its primary content producers in this manner. After all, the video platform is built on user-submitted content but now seems more focussed on delivering pre-roll ads and pop up ads rather than quality content.

Until recently, high quality content producers flocked to alternative video sharing platform, Vimeo to host their content without concern for an automated and broken copyright flagging system. However, recent news that Vimeo has adopted its own copyright match ID system means content Vimeo users could also experience the same headache.

We've also written several other articles to keep you informed about how to use music in your YouTube content, and stay ahead of copyright strikes:

If you found this article useful, please share it and pass on this info to others.

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Music Production Diary - Kit and Bass Tracking

posted on 29/05/2014

Get a look behind the scenes with our composer InProduction Music working on his new track 'Individualists' coming soon to our library. Check out a video above of the kit and bass tracking in the studio.

Sample a wide range of content from InProduction Music here, available to license royalty free from our library.

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Vimeo Copyright ID Match

Vimeo Copyright ID Match posted on 28/05/2014

Vimeo has adopted a Copyright ID Match similar to YouTube for matching copyrighted music and video in your content.

Vimeo undoubtedly attracted many content producers based on its high quality video encoding and no hassle approach to publishing content, which is great. It also focused on self-produced content and strongly steered users away from uploading content from TV shows, movies and games.

This led Vimeo to become a professional platform for content producers to publish high quality video and audio. In maintaining these standards, Vimeo has introduced a Copyright ID Match that has, in their words: “been lovingly crafted to flag videos that may infringe the copyrights of others before they (the videos) appear on Vimeo.”

How Will This Effect You

As a content producer, you need to ensure you have the rights to include any music or video featured in your content. Music can be acquired in a variety of ways, most common is either expressed permission from the musician/artist, or licensed as copyright free music from a royalty free music library like

With the introduction of the Copyright ID Match, content producers may find their content being flagged by Vimeo’s automated system, in a similar style to YouTube, causing frustration, complication and lengthy appeal processes. The Copyright ID Match is in place to substitute the Vimeo team having to review each and every video individually to see if permission or license was granted to use the music/video in question.

YouTube content producers will know firsthand, the difficulties involved in submitting an appeal against their content to remove flags and get their content cleared. Vimeo has promised a “robust and friendly appeal process: so that members have an opportunity to explain why their use of a copyrighted work isn’t infringing.”

How to Ensure Your Content is Cleared

Vimeo outlines how you can appeal the Copyright ID Match here, but you need to make sure you’ve used cleared music to start with. When licensing royalty free music, or copyright free music from, you receive a license agreement that can be submitted in any Copyright ID claim/appeal. This document, along with your license receipt outlines your license to use the music track in question.

As a royalty free music library, we are not enrolled in any partnership scheme with content networks to claim copyright on music used in content published to YouTube or Vimeo. Therefore, any music track you license is fully cleared for use online via any online platform.

Music provided ‘free’ or for next to nothing from other online music libraries may be enrolled in such schemes online to gain additional revenue from advertising partnerships etc. Check out related articles on free music and more below:

Royalty free music licensed from is highly unlikely to receive any Copyright ID Matches, and in the event of any track being flagged in your content, you have all necessary documentation in your account to appeal and have it removed.

For those using music provided by artists/musicians with permission to use, it’s always good practice to get something in writing specifically stating the song and granted permission for you to use it. If the content is flagged, you can easily submit this information. Vimeo provides more information on how to get correct documentation for permission-use music here.

What about Private Videos on Vimeo

It’s good to see Vimeo understands their users, and accepts many professionals host videos in production to demo to clients before approval or licensing of music has been finalised. So at this time, the Copyright ID Match does not apply to private videos on your account for Pro and Plus holders.

In Summary

If you’re not licensing music that is cleared such as royalty free or copyright free production music then it’s going to get a little sticky for you. If you’re correctly licensing music, or have permission to use a track you may run into a flag from time to time depending on the content you’re using. But, if you obtain the necessary documentation (as provided with all music from our library) then you shouldn’t encounter any long-term issues, and appeal processes should be relatively painless.

Further info on music licensing for online videos can be found in our article; “10 Myths and Misconceptions about using music in YouTube videos” which tells you everything you need to know about using music in your content and applies to videos published on any platform.

Have a query on licensing music? Get in touch; we’re happy to provide further info. Tweet us, or join us on Facebook.

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See The Creative Federation Design A New Workspace

posted on 16/05/2014

Our client, The Creative Federation was asked by Curo, one of the largest landlords in the West of England, to design and produce a space to inspire in their head office. This video, using music from shows off a mixture of live art and vinyl decals on panels, walls and glass entrance doors to create a truly unique workspace.

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Music Production Diary - Bass Tracking

posted on 13/05/2014

Work continues on a brand new collection of music from our composer InProduction Music hard at work in his studio. Check out a video above of the bass tracking for one of the new tracks coming very soon to the library.

Sample a wide range of content from InProduction Music here, available to license royalty free from our library.

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History of Portable Music

posted on 30/04/2014

Do you know the difference between an 8-Track and a MiniDisc? What about a Walkman and a Discman? Our History of Portable Music gives you an insight into where it started, and how it came to be today. From not-so-portable Phonograph players, to an entire computer in your pocket, we outline the History of Portable Music. View the music tracks featured in this video below:

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History of Portable Music

Pre 20th Century

At this time portable music was a luxury and only available to a small section of society. Portable music was only achievable for those with servants who could be spared from the household duties to accompany the rich on their travels.


This era saw the introduction of the phonograph which was invented by Thomas Edison. The phonograph was the first device which was able to reproduce a recorded sound. This was a major turning point in the history of music, however the impact of this invention on the portable world was slight as these devices were big, bulky and could weigh as much as 250lbs.


Regency TR-1 made its debut in 1954 and was the world’s first commercially produced transistor radio. Not only was this device capable of picking up AM frequencies but it was also pocket sized making the breakthrough into truly portable music as we know it.


8 Track tapes became popular in the USA during the 70’s. Bringing music out of the household and onto the car, they were therefore also known as ‘car audio’.


A relatively unknown but still a contributor to the development of the portable music market is the Panapet radio. This was a round novelty radio on a chain, first produced by Panasonic in the early 1970s. Two chrome plated dials on the surface were for tuning and volume, and a tuning display was inset on the surface of the ball.


During the mid 1970’s the Boombox was made available by various companies. The Boombox, also known as the ghetto blaster, had one main feature; the speakers. For this reason the Boombox became famous for relatively loud music and although this device was still by no means small as it was battery powered it could provide music entertain to a large audience.


This year saw the introduction of the Sony Walkman ‘Soundabout’. This device changed music listening habits by allowing users to carry music with them and listen to music through lightweight headphones. The walkman was relatively affordable and therefore introduced portable music to the mass market.


Again lead by Sony, The Discman was made commercially available to the general market in 1984 and went on to replace the walkman’s cassette format with the high tech increased sound quality of the CD. This format also allowed users to skip full tracks with one press of a button.


The FM Wristwatch Radio was an LCD digital watch with a built-in FM radio. It was Sinclair's second attempt at a wrist radio. The watch had a chunky face which was broken into three sections which hinged where they joined, so they could make some attempt at bending around your wrist. At the top was the tuner, the middle section was the speaker and volume control, and the bottom was the watch itself. The aerial was built into the strap – the impracticability of this was the downfall (having your arm pointed up in the air you could listen to Radio 1 was less than desirable).


The MiniDisc was announced by Sony in September 1992 and with this portable music became more light, compact and pocket-sized than ever. The mini disc was a magneto –optical disc based storage.


The MP3 was the next entry to market in the late 1990’s. The MPMan was released by a Korean company. This device allowed high quality digital music to be transferred from a computer to this portable device. In the following year Compaq introduced the first hard-drive based mp3 player which deviated from the flash drive norm.


Present – the arrival of the first IPod classic, this Apple device comprised of 5/10GB of space and a mechanical scroll wheel. The IPod since the launch has transformed the portable market with the use of touch sensitive controls to scroll through playlists in the Generation 2 and later like many of the previous devices the IPod became smaller with the emergence of players such as iPod Mini, Nano and even Shuffle.


From the success of the iPod came the launch of the iPhone, a line of smartphones designed and marketed by Apple using the Apple iOS operating system. The first generation iPhone was released on June 29 2007 and the re-development has continued and the most recent iPhone launch to market was on September 10 2013 with the seventh-generation iPhone 5C and 5S. The launch and popularity of the smartphone has combined the portable music, mobile phone and even the camera market into one device.

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Music Production Diary - Drum Tracking Recording Session

posted on 17/04/2014

Our resident composer InProduction Music is currently working on a batch of hot new content and sent us this production diary of a recent drum tracking session for one of our new music tracks.

As you can see, it's good old, raw, real instruments being recorded. No synthesisers here!

Sample a wide range of content from InProduction Music here, available to license royalty free from our library.

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Epic and Dramatic Music in Yorkie Shopping Bags TV Ad

posted on 16/04/2014

We've all been there. No man wants to make 2 trips back to and from the car to bring in the shopping and Yorkie sums up the epic quest of carrying all bags into the house in one go in this brilliant advert which features an over-the-top dramatic orchestral score.

We've recently launched our new collection of epic and dramatic royalty free music featuring music just like that featured in this fantastic commercial. If you're looking to add that cinematic soundtrack feel, go check it out. We also have a superb range of movie trailer music too.

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Latest New Royalty Free Music Releases

posted on 31/03/2014

It's Monday and we've got 10 great new royalty free music tracks to check out, sample them below or jump onto the latest music page to view more.

These tracks are from one of newest composers, who has an excellent talent for creating a feel good, friendly and positively inspiring music. Check out more from this composer here.

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