Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A copyright claim is pissing me off! (SOLVED!)

UPDATE3:  Finally, the last claim was removed.

UPDATE2: As everything was settled, guess what?  Another claim on episode 8. Same music, same sample, same everything...


UPDATE:  After having a few tweets exchange over Twitter with +AdRev (@adrevnet), they released the claims after I sent them the link to the videos.  It took around 20 minutes from the 1st contact in Twitter till the final issue.  See comments below for more...

I have many Youtube videos that I've created and some of them (Kill a Sheep!) do have a sound track that I have created using GarageBand for iOS.  As I am not a professional musician, I used available loops to create a neat jingle to play as a sound track.  You can hear it in the next video:


Nothing fancy there I it is based on the sample loop "Front Porch Dobro 01" and "Front Porch Dobro 02" essentially that I play over and over with drums and a few other samples provided by GarageBand.

Those samples loops are provided for free and are royalty free as stated by Apple:

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2931?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US

The GarageBand software license agreement says:

"GarageBand Software. You may use the Apple and third party audio loop content (Audio Content), contained in or otherwise included with the Apple Software, on a royalty-free basis, to create your own original music compositions or audio projects. You may broadcast and/or distribute your own music compositions or audio projects that were created using the Audio Content, however, individual audio loops may not be commercially or otherwise distributed on a standalone basis, nor may they be repackaged in whole or in part as audio samples, sound effects or music beds."

So don't worry, you can make commercial music with GarageBand, you just can't distribute the loops as loops.
Last Modified: Aug 27, 2008
The statement is quite clear.

Last week, I received 3 copyright claims against my "Kill a Sheep" videos  by AdRev for Rights Holder.


  • AdRev for Rights Holder
I've looked around what was this song as I had never heard from it and even less AdRev for Rights Holder

I finally found the ALIBI song here: http://alibi.sourceaudio.com/#!explorer?s=ALIBI%20wwwalibimusiclibrarycom-ALIBI-Barnyard%20Stomp%20Holiday%20Mix%20

On the first claim, I replied back that the music was in fact from Garageband, in the samples loops available for free..  They rejected my reply and re-instated the claim.  I replied back with more content, the direct link to Apple website and hope to put an end to this.

After a few searches on Google, it became clear that this company is making money by invoking false claims on Youtube users.

I do not care about that jingle.  It was for fun and as a sound track of my videos.  But I am really pissed off as I may loose this battle simply because I am only one guy against a company probably having all required resources.

Thinking about it,  Apple do provide GarageBand and those sample loops.  I wonder if I could ask for some help.  Basically, AdRev is hurting GarageBand users by false claims...  Apple should sue them for copyright infringement...

Yes, I am really pissed off!