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The Official Blog from | 2014 | Page 4

YouTube Improving Music Copyright Content ID System

youtube_content_id_header posted on 20/03/2014

YouTube has openly addressed the issues surrounding its hugely floored copyright content ID system to reassure content creators that measures are being made to ensure fewer errors are made.

When their new content ID matching system was brought in late last year, thousands of videos and clips were disappearing from the platform due to copyright content claims by third parties over content, in particular music, being used in videos and matched as owned by someone else. This spawned several major problems:

1. Users were being told their content featured copyright content and it was flagged or removed entirely

2. Content creators could no longer earn AdRevenue from their content due to the claim against their video, so even if still live, the user made no money from it

3. False claims came into place whereby copyright claims were being made by organisations and rights holders who had no actual claim to the music

4. The dispute process to resolve the issue/claim was pointless and took longer than ever so even if users had correctly licensed music from a reputable source, it could take weeks to have the flag/strike against them, removed

As a royalty free music library, specialises in licensing copyright free music for YouTube content, and any claim that was made against our client’s music use was immediately quashed.

YouTube has now sent a letter to its members addressing the issues and concerns relating to its copyright content ID system, stating it’s aware of the failings and plans to offer a much improved service. One area of focus would be to insure copyright claimants claim correctly, and not on content they do not actually own:

“We’ve been working with them to help them clarify who owns what, for example in game soundtracks, so we can disable any outdated Content ID references. We are also requiring certain rights-holders to perform in-depth audits of their references before they can make any new claims.”

Which makes sense to deter claims on content by claimants who don’t actually have a right to claim against it, while penalising the content creator in the process for something they may not be at fault for.

This of course doesn’t change the rules of using music for YouTube. Users will still need to acquire copyright free, or royalty free music for their projects to ensure no claims are made against them.

Overall, this is YouTube acknowledging the recent farce relating to their copyright content ID system and addressing key issues for their content providers, and hopefully offering a much more transparent and reliable service, rather than penalising everyone first and leaving them to sort out the mess. You can view the full letter YouTube sent out, here.

If you have licensed music from our library and had a claim made against your content on YouTube, contact us immediately and we will pursue this for you.

Further reading on this subject can be seen at:

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Europe In 8 Bits - New Documentary Exploring Chiptune Music

posted on 20/03/2014

We're always interested to see where music is going and what people can do with their own creativity. One of the more recent innovations and growingly popular trends is 8bit Chiptune music.

Check out the trailer above for EUROPE IN 8 BITS, a documentary that explores the world of chip music, a new musical trend that is growing exponentially throughout Europe. The stars of this musical movement reveal to us how to reuse old videogames hardware like Nintendo’s GameBoy, NES, Atari ST, Amiga and the Commodore 64 to turn them into a tool capable of creating a new sound, a modern tempo and an innovative musical style.

This is a new way of interpreting music performed by a great many artists who show their skills in turning these “limited” machines designed for leisure in the 80’s into surprising musical instruments and graphical tools. It will leave nobody indifferent.

You can rent the documentary to watch on demand, online here.

Browse our royalty free 8-bit music and chiptune music available to license and download.

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10 Myths and Misconceptions about using music in YouTube videos

youtube_banner posted on 19/03/2014

Today’s inspired generation is creating content via their webcam, mobile phone and media streaming devices to deliver their own unique content for broadcast online. However, one stumbling block that continually seems to trip up the masses is the issue of music copyright.

This article provides further information on common myths and misconceptions relating to music copyright to provide education, advice and solutions for those who need/want to use music in their content.

1. As long as you credit the creator/source of music online, you’re free to use it how you wish.


This has never been the case and was only loosely used before the days of copyright ID matching to claim defence that the user was not intentionally claiming the music as their own. Crediting the music creator/owner does not grant you automatic clearance to use their music for your own project.

2. I asked for permission to use their music, therefore I can use it freely


This depends on the content and publisher. You may have asked someone involved in a band or group if you can use their music in your content, and they’ve said yes as it provides additional publicity and exposure. However, if that band is signed with a label, chances are their publisher will not allow any other commercial use without a ‘sync fee’ or royalties and if you post it to YouTube they’ll claim copyright ownership and your content is flagged and/or removed.

3. I acquired the music from a free music resource online, so it’s free to use


There are so many reasons why using ‘free music’ is a bad idea. You have to consider logically why someone would take the time to create a music track for it to be given away free. I’ve already written an article on using free music here. The two main factors concerning free music are:

  • Who is distributing the music, how do you know they’re legally covered to offer the music and what evidence is provided alongside the music to cover you?
  • If it’s genuinely free, what’s the catch? Most likely, the catch is the owner of the music is signed up with YouTube to earn AdShare Revenue on any content that uses their music, which means you get third party ads played before and alongside your video content and, if you’re enrolled as a partner to monetize your content, guess who gets all the advertising revenue? The owner of the free music ID matched in your video!

4. I’m using a classical piece of music, like Beethoven, Mozart or Chopin. It’s out of copyright and I’m free to use it


It’s true, many classical music works are out of copyright, which means you can get an orchestra together and perform the symphony, concerto or whatever classical piece you wish. But you can’t use other people’s recordings! A common misconception with classical music is you can use any recording of a classical piece. This is not true. Whoever owns the recording of that piece of music, owns the copyright. The actual sheet music itself may be out of copyright due to the period of time after the composer’s death, but this only permits re-recording, or re-performance of the music. Those who record and produce a physical recording own that recording.

So, getting back to the original scenario, if you’d like to hire an orchestra and a conductor to perform any classical music piece that’s out of copyright, you can legally make a recording of this and use it in your content… or license it from someone else such as Symphonic Orchestra, who performed and recorded many classical works to make them available for licensing.

5. Copyright Free Music means you don’t have to pay to use it


Copyright Right Free music is available to license for use in your projects without copyright being claimed against you. Put simply, it is music created for the sole purpose of licensing to the end user (you) for use in your project for an agreed fee. We produce copyright free music for YouTube videos so users can license affordable music to use in their content without running into copyright issues with YouTube’s ID system. What’s more, if anyone claims copyright to the music in your video, licensed from we will vigorously defend you and have the claim quashed.

6. Royalty Free Music is free music


The clue is in the title. Royalty free music is music that can be licensed, free of royalties. There are countless articles and detailed explanations both in our article: What Is Royalty Free Music and on Wikipedia.

In summary, before royalty free music existed, any music used commercially would be subject to ‘royalties’ being owed to artists and composers of the music. Royalty Free Music Libraries like now exist to provide affordable music licensing for small and large projects.

Content creators can license any royalty free music track for a fraction of the cost to use a commercial piece of music, which then gives them a license to use that track legally, and without fear of copyright infringement.

7. I bought a commercial music CD, I can use it as background music


By law, when you purchase a music CD, or a download via iTunes or similar digital platform you’re granted the rights to listen to the music for personal use only. That’s it. You can’t perform it publically without a public performance license, and you can’t use it in any content you produce. You can purchase a sync fee from the publisher to use a commercial piece of music, but this will cost tens of thousands of pounds/dollars.

8. Using the music in a personal/none-profit/none-commercial/charitable project is free


The intended use of your project has no bearing on your permitted usage of a commercial music track. You cannot use another artist’s music for free in your own content no matter what you are producing. Aside from potential lost revenue, you may be using music from an artist to support your video that strongly disagrees with that artist’s political, personal or morale views. Only by licensing royalty free music from a library like, can you be fully covered to use music in your project.

9. The owner of the music recording is dead, therefore it’s public domain and free to use


General copyright laws exist in the UK and USA to protect the intellectual property of a recording until 70 years after the owner’s death, usually with rights residing with either family members or music publisher. For a list of countries and their copyright periods, click here. In some cases, publishers, record labels and family can request an extension to the copyright period. More information on intellectual property in the UK can be found on Intellectual Property Office website.

10. Public Domain Music is free to use


Similar to classical music, the music itself i.e. sheet music/composition is in the public domain to perform and record, but the recording itself may be subject to copyright by the owner of the recording. For example, PD Info is a website that provides information on Public Domain songs. Here, you can view what songs are in the public domain for you to sing, perform, record etc. However, anyone who performs and records a public domain song owns the copyright to their recording. For example, we performed and created recordings of popular Christmas Music that was in the public domain and offer them to end users to license for use in their projects. Music Library provides hassle-free, cost effective royalty free music licensing for use in any project. Our Standard License covers a huge range uses, from personal to corporate. You can license and download any music track instantly, providing users and content creators with an invaluable resource of copyright free music at your finger tips.

Want help finding the perfect music track? Have further queries about licensing? Contact Us for immediate help and advice. View more useful articles on music licensing below.

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Hollywood Voiceover Artist Hal Douglas Dies

posted on 14/03/2014

Iconic Hollywood voiceover artist Hal Douglas passed away last week aged 89. Douglas was famous for his deep gravely voice, providing the voiceover to blockbuster movie trailers including Forrest Gump, Men in Black, Con Air and Lethal Weapon to name a few and coined the famous lead ins; "In A World", "In A Land", "In A Time" giving the Hollywood sound and feel to any movie trailer.

Douglas made a famous on camera appearance in the trailer for the 2002 documentary "Comedian" by Jerry Seinfeld (above) where his reputation and iconic voice were the basis and theme for the trailer itself.

It would be impossible not to have heard is voice if you've ever visited a cinema. He was a credit to the industry and we would have loved to get a line alongside our movie trailer music.

Do you require a voiceover recording studio? We can provide ISDN link up and live radio link recording facilities.

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Amazing World by Damian Prestidge

posted on 13/03/2014

Our client Damian Prestidge got in touch looking for the ideal piece of music to provide the background track to his collection of clips filmed while travelling throughout several countries. The end product is a mesmorising short film featuring sumptious visuals showcasing his experiences in Ethiopia, Algeria, Thailand, Malaysia, Iceland and Sri Lanka.

If you're looking for music with a similar vibe, check out our World and Adventure collection.

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Royalty Free Suspense Music

jaws_header posted on 12/03/2014

Suspense Music does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s designed to create a feeling of suspense, tension and fear to the listener, and is commonly used in movies to lead the audience down a specific path by the director to make them feel on edge, in preparation for an impending confrontation. One of the best examples of suspense music is the well known theme from Jaws.

The soundtrack for the movie, and iconic ‘Jaws Theme’ was composed by John Williams, a simple alternating pattern of two notes—variously identified as "E and F" or "F and F sharp". This simple theme became a classic piece of suspense music, synonymous with approaching danger and described by Williams as "grinding away at you, just as a shark would do, instinctual, relentless and unstoppable."

The piece was performed by tuba player Tommy Johnson. When asked by Johnson why the melody was written in such a high register and not played by the more appropriate French horn, Williams responded that he wanted it to sound "a little more threatening". When Williams first demonstrated his idea to Spielberg, playing just the two notes on a piano, Spielberg was said to have laughed, thinking that it was a joke.

Our royalty free suspense music offers a wide variety of tense and suspense music tracks to add a sinister, foreboding feel to your projects. The days of shark attack movies are mostly finished with, unless you tune into the SyFi channel but for those who need to license suspense music copyright free, our collection offers a great range of tracks to choose from. If you're looking for dramatic, epic and cinematic tracks, check out our royalty free epic music.

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Recommended Music Formats For Final Cut Pro X

posted on 11/03/2014

Word on the grape vine is that Apple's Final Cut Pro X (FCPX) doesn't like users importing MP3 audio, which can be quite frustrating for those taking existing audio to import into their project, such as purchased royalty free music from a library.

While MP3 is a compressed format, a high quality encoded MP3 file is perfectly suitable for use in any project, from online corporate communications, to broadcast commercials. We provide music in a high quality encoded MP3 format, at 320kbps.

However, there is a long-standing issue of FCPX not working with MP3 audio, no matter what quality the MP3 is. Whilst this issue doesn't present a problem to most users, we appreciate editors sometimes need the original uncompressed WAV audio file, and this is available from free, with your purchase.

If you require a WAV version of your purchased music track, simply send us an email post-purchase and we'll provide a link to the full, uncompressed WAV audio immediately after purchase.

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Partnership With Calvin Hollywood

posted on 11/03/2014

We're proud to announce another partnership with our library to provide our high quality copyright free music to online users to give them the extra edge in their online content.

We've partnered with German photo artist and digital manipulator Calvin Hollywood to compliment his online video tutorials offering advice, guides and tips on using Photoshop.'s Mark Malekpour commented:

"Calvin has a dedicated online following via his website, workshops and YouTube channel with 40,000 subscribers tuning in to get his advice and tips on photo editing. Calvin needed a resource of music to compliment his video content and we offer the best background music out there!"

The content is in German so it unless you're already speak the language, it might be worth picking up a phrasebook...

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New Movie Trailer Music Collection

posted on 07/03/2014

It's hard not to feel inspired when watching Hollywood movie trailers. Their use of epic, dramatic and cinematic music is designed to provoke and evoke your senses, to hook you in and capture your attention, and imagination.

Hans Zimmer, one of Hollywood's leading go-to composers for epic movie soundtracks is responsible for many of the most memorable scenes, trailers and even entire movies because of his unique orchestral music. Here's a playlist of our favourites below:

Hans Zimmer is without a doubt responsible for many of the most memorable scenes and movies in cinematic history whether it be an epic Sci-Fi fantasy, juanty adventure or lovable family film, Zimmer can create a soundtrack that lasts in audience minds forever.

We've been hard at work to produce our own collection of epic and cinematic themes, inspired by the work of Hans Zimmer for use copyright free in projects that demand a powerful and emotional soundtrack. Check out our Movie Trailer Music now.

We also have a great collection of Score and Orchestral music tracks featuring a variety of themes including:

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Wet Sounds Creates Underwater Music Experience

posted on 05/03/2014

At what first sounded like whale music, a new project to demonstrate the difference in sound, heard through water instead of conventional means is working its way throughout the UK via art installations at swimming pools up and down the country.

The project, Wet Sounds was created by Joel Cahen and has already had a tour throughout the UK back in 2008. It's now back and making waves once more. So what's it all about?

Wet Sounds effectively creates three sound spaces in the physical space of the swimming pool. One inside the water, one outside the water and one a merger of the two as the listener floats on the surface of the water. These three distinct sound spaces are chosen by the listeners as they move in and out of the water. The three sound spaces are used to convey parallel narratives, musical and literal.

Sound travels 4.5 times faster in water than it does in air. This cancels directionality in water as the brain does not notice the slight differences in the arrival time of the sound at the two ears. Sound is also perceived through direct vibrations of the nerve in the inner ear which gives the sensation of hearing, therefore it bypasses the outer and middle ear hearing mechanisms. Wet Sounds has had accounts of positive feedback from people hard of hearing that they can hear the sounds underwater.

There's a more indepth video on the BBC website here.

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