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Music copyright is a hot topical issue, as you probably know. It seems that as you upload your video to You Tube, it is now scanned by recognition software. If the software recognises a piece of music, then you will receive an email asserting that ‘third party content’ has been identified.

Sometimes, they get it wrong. Twice I have challenged the copyright assertion. One was my Dingle video where a street musician was playing a recording to support some animated puppets. I asserted that I had the performers consent. The owner of the composition copyright chose to withdraw any claim.

The second was the Greig Piano Concerto that I used on my Norwegian video. I explained that this was a performance by Apollo Orchestra. The claimant again withdrew pointing out that some classical performances can sound very similar. However, I had included Apollo in the credits, so no problem. Such items now appear on the video list on You Tube with the note “Matched third party content”

Recently, I used some music performed by a pan piper, whose cd I bought in Chile. He was performing some modern songs. I received the ‘third party content’ notice. I simply acknowledged that the claim was correct. It seems that this then allows the owner to monetise the published material if he chooses. I think You Tube also pay a nominal royalty to PRS and others. I have no idea how that works. It seems that all is OK, and I have never been asked to pay additional Royalty  on a You Tube item, or been asked to take it down, I suspect it would be a very different matter if I was trying to exploit the music

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