They’re at it again
Another of my indignant threads, nothing new. I record a few tunes for members/patrons every month, something quick and informal; I just grab the whistle (nothing else) and play whatever comes to mind for a minute and I post it on YouTube for them (my channel is TinWhistler). Well, I’ve received a copyright claim two months in a row.
Last month the system recognized The Kid on the Mountain as a copyrighted song called "CELTIC WEDDING". So absurd. The system’s explanation is: "The melody is the words and music written by the songwriters and composers. These rights are often managed by different rights holders in each country and are separate from the rights associated with recordings of the song".
Copyright owners: AdRev Publishing
I uploaded another of these videos right now and I just got an email from YouTube about another copyright claim. This time the tune was identified correctly, it’s The Old Bush. In this case it’s an audio claim, so I guess they’re thinking it’s not me playing the whistle but someone else’s recording. I used a C tin whistle.
Content used: The Old Bush / Liam O’ Maonlai
Copyright owners: [Merlin] Redeye Distribution / On behalf of: Rian Records
In both cases it says they’re not copyright strikes, so my channel is supposedly safe. They just want either a piece of my ad revenue or all of it (absurd: currently my member-only videos get 4 views if I’m lucky). What makes me really mad is when it happens to public videos. Also, if I ever did get copyright strikes due to these absurd automated IDs, my channel could be terminated.
Why can’t they just leave trad tunes alone? I often publish music with my brother through a digital distributor but it would never cross my mind to copyright trad tunes. Are you guys encountering this problem lately too?