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Key Points about the EU Copyright Directive

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posted on 14/09/2018

Earlier this week, the European Parliament approved amendments to a controversial Copyright Directive that intended to address and update copyright for the Internet age.

While the law is far from being changed just yet, it is paving the way for new legislation to come into law and penalties for those who break it.

One of the main areas the new Copyright Directive addresses, is content being shared online without permission of the owner that will hold platform holders responsible. We're all no doubt familiar with YouTube's Content-ID system that has a database of music to check and match against when content is being uploaded online. If a song is matched, the copyright owner of the song has the right to monetize or block that content.

This isn't such a bad thing, as it does prevent copyrighted work from being used to profit without the artists permission or compensation. However, the system is far from perfect and matches can often either be erroneous, incorrect or wrongly claimed forcing the content creators to trudge through disputes and counter-claims just to get their content online.

One method to avoid such copyright issues on YouTube is licensing royalty free music from a production music library. This is music designed specifically for online use and monetisation and is usually a one-time fee for lifetime usage.

The new EU Copyright Directive will go several steps further, blanketing ALL online content including photo and video, even if being used for parody, humour or general sharing. What this could potentially mean is, you won't be able to share anything on a platform without it first being cleared by the content creator. This means that platforms like Facebook and Twitter will need to incorporate super powerful filters to scan uploaded content and check it against a database of content before allowing you to share it. The task to achieve that itself would be seemingly massive. But should this new Copyright Directive go through, these platforms would be liable for breach of copyright if they did not enforce such filters.

Previously, user-submitted content was not the responsibility of the platform to vet for copyright ownership.

This also reaches wider to content like Blogs. For example, a Blog about music studios that shares photos of music studios, equipment and instruments for uses to view and compare could have their source of content removed because they do not have the express permission from the photographer or owner of each image. At the moment, it's common practice that if you use an image, you credit the source and if asked to remove it by the owner, you do. The new EU Copyright Directive could essentially prevent you from using it in the first place.

This doesn't just apply to content creators running YouTube channels or Blogs. Average Internet users that create humorous photos and images, such as MEMEs and GIFs would also be affected.

MEMEs are humorous image-based content that can be become popular and viral. They are often entirely amateur made, using existing elements of pop-culture, or a crude still from a video or photo. If any of the content used in that image matches the copyright database, it seemingly won't be allowed to be shared.


GIFs are animated images, often taken from a scene in a movie or TV show that illustrate a mood or emotion. If the EU Copyright Directive comes into law, a movie studio can blanket ban ANY use of their movie, whether as video, image or GIF.

In short, it will be apply massive pressure to platforms to regulate their user's content or be held responsible for any breaches made on their platform. For users, it may make the Internet a much less entertaining space...

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Client Work - Key Anchor

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posted on 18/07/2017

We love to see our music being used in new projects, and this music track is the perfect fit for this new and innovative Kickstarter Campaign for the Key Anchor. Go check 'em out here.

Do you need music for your Kickstart Campaign video? Give us a shout for help and we'll find you the perfect music track for your project. Remember, you need to license music for use in Kickstarter or any other crowdfunding videos otherwise you risk your video being taken down. Find out more.

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Nu Indie Dance Music

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posted on 13/07/2017

We've added some brand new tracks to our Nu Indie Dance collection which boasts a range of contemporary indie dance tracks mixing the guitars and energy of Indie with the slick sound of modern pop and dance. Sample some of our favourite tunes above or jump straight the collection.

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New Royalty Free Music Releases - 10th July 2017

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posted on 10/07/2017

We've added a handful of incredible new royalty free music tracks featuring some gorgeous Easy Going acoustic tracks and upbeat dance tunes. Sample some of our latest new music above or jump straight to our brand new EXCLUSIVE music.

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New Royalty Free Music Releases - 3rd July 2017

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posted on 03/07/2017

Brand new, exclusive new music ONLY available at Beatsuite.com! Sample some of our latest new music above or jump straight to our brand new EXCLUSIVE music.

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New Happy Pop Dance Music Added

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posted on 29/06/2017

We've added some incredible new tracks to our HAPPY POP DANCE collection. If you're after a sweety bag full of Pop goodies, infectious dance beats, catchy melodies and energetic goodness, check out our favourites above or jump straight to our HAPPY POP DANCE collection now.

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New Royalty Free Music Releases - 26th June 2017

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posted on 26/06/2017

We've added some brand new royalty free music from another BRAND NEW composer! Check out these incredible positive and happy acoustic tracks above or jump straight to our latest new music here.

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Wimbledon 2017 - Epic and Cinematic Promo

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posted on 23/06/2017

The promo for this year's Wimbledon tournament definitely gets the blood flowing! The epic and cinematic score used in this promo for the UK Tennis Tournament evokes the emotions and memories of past tournmanets, titanic matches between players at the peak of their game and the rise of future stars.



We have our own collection of epic, cinematic and reflective music available to license royalty free, for your projects that offer the same powerful and emotional themes. Check out some of our favourites below, or view the whole category HERE.



Want to hear more like this? Jump to our CINEMATIC AND REFLECTIVE collection!

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New Royalty Free Music Releases - 19th June 2017

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posted on 19/06/2017

We've added some brand new royalty free music from a brand new composer! Check it out above or jump straight to our latest new music here.

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New Royalty Free Music Releases - 5th June 2017

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posted on 05/06/2017

We've added an incredible collection of new royalty free music to check above. You can also view our latest new music here.

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