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Muted on YouTube? Think CC!

Fred Benenson, January 14th, 2009

As you might have heard by now, YouTube has begun to mute videos containing ‘unauthorized’ music or audio. What does ‘unauthorized’ mean? We’ll leave that for the lawyers to decide, but it probably has something to do with negotiating permissions for the right to use music in advance from rights holders.

Instead of dealing with the suits, why not consider using Creative Commons music in your next YouTube video? Here’s a ccMixter playlist of 100 Attribution licensed music tracks that you can download and use freely so long as you give attribution to the original creator. YouTube has even been so kind as to include these tracks inside their AudioSwap feature, thereby enabling you to automatically add a soundtrack to your video even after it has been uploaded to YouTube.

8 Responses to “Muted on YouTube? Think CC!”

  1. Patrick says:

    You can also head straight to jamendo to find CC music for your videos. over 15,000 albums from the whole world to choose from!
    Just make sure you check the licenses before you use the music.

  2. gimmick says:

    Don’t tell people to use audioswap on YouTube, as soon as you audio swap your video, you give up any chance of “revenue sharing” on it. In other words, you cannot make any money of those annoying ads they put on your videos. They are making all the money on YOUR work!

    Another thing about creative commons music is that the license might prohibit you from using it commercially and if you are making adsense money on your video, this might be considered “commercial”.

    One last note, if you think “who cares” because your videos are lousy and not many people will watch them, you are wrong! What if your video all the sudden goes viral? What if a million people start watching your video out of no where? If you use audioswap you have already forfeited your chance to monetize that video! Don’t freakin’ do it!

  3. Maxime says:

    What about adsense in youtube videos? Do we need to remove it? Certain Creative Commons licenses say “No commercial $”, and others no.
    Thanks

  4. joel says:

    I want to build a website and i just wanted to know if i can use creative common licensed videos from youtube to use on my website and if so how can i see which indicates which videos i can use with breaking the law.

    I am just thinking… if i cant use the youtube videos that way how else could i do it, because i look at websites all the time and they always have youtube video content on them via their website, could you please help me.

    Thank you.

  5. i say if youtube is going to do this then we need to boycott youtube and make our own video sharing web site where we dont have to deal with all the legal crap

  6. Geert Gevan says:

    lately i nodticed that the audio swap failed again and again, so the original sounttrack remains even after the swap… what happened there ?

  7. rk says:

    I’ve re-edited a 15min video and uploaded to youtube 5 times in the last 2 weeks and every time the content ID matches the music I’ve added – even though all the music was taken from the freemusicarchive or jamendo and all had a CC-BY-SA licence :-(

    Seems that the only option with youtube is no music…

    None of the dispute options on youtube seem appropriate and I have little faith that it would make any difference anyway.

  8. Alexander says:

    I’m an artist and wonder if there is any service letting you to get your music on Youtube’s audioswap program.