Making Money from Your Music on YouTube: What You Need to Know!

February 1, 2012{ 196 Comments }

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Did you know that you can now earn money from your music on YouTube? The video streaming giant is fast becoming one of the most popular music-discovery platforms, but it’s not only a great site for PROMOTING your music; YouTube has also turned into an essential vehicle for driving independent artist revenue.

With CD Baby’s sync licensing program, you’ll can get paid for the usage of your music on YouTube– and not just in your own videos; over 60 hours of new video is uploaded to YouTube every minute. That’s a lot of people who need good tunes to match up with the cuddly cat videos and wedding slideshows they’re posting. Our partnership with music licensing firm, Rumblefish, will make your music available for these new income-generating opportunities on YouTube. We have two sync licensing options at CD Baby (All Media and MicroSync), both of which give you have the ability to get in on the action.

Since there can be some confusion when dealing with a few companies at once (for example: CD Baby partners with Rumblefish to collect money from YouTube on your behalf) we thought we’d prepare this little guide for you. It’s intended to help you understand how it works so you don’t inadvertently (and temporarily) screw up your ability to get paid.

YouTube’s content ID system

Once you’ve chosen which sync licensing option is best for your music (and opted-in, of course), your music will be delivered to YouTube’s content ID system. This means that YouTube will scan your tracks with their magical high-tech machinery and register an exact sonic “fingerprint” for each and every one of your songs in their database.

From that point on, any time someone out there in the YouTube universe uploads a video which uses one of your songs, you will make money from the ad revenue generated by that video.

The more videos on YouTube using your music, the more money you can make.

Once YouTube has fingerprinted your music in their content ID process, every video that contains your music will generate ad revenue for you. This includes videos YOU have uploaded. If you login to your YouTube account and see a copyright notice like the one shown below– don’t worry!

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No one is claiming ownership of your music. This just means the content ID system identified your song and it’s now setup to generate revenue.

What should I do if YouTube shows me a copyright notice concerning videos I’ve uploaded that contain my own music? 

Nothing. This is your indicator that your music is now ready for monetization on YouTube. DO NOT DISPUTE IT! Whenever your videos (or someone else’s videos that use your music) are played, you’ll earn money from ad revenue.

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In other words, the notice you received is simply a product of YouTube’s content ID system; there is no actual infringement.  They have identified the music used in your video as an asset from the Rumblefish catalog (CD Baby’s music licensing partner), which allows YouTube to monetize the video by placing ads around it.

Our policy is to not block videos that are identified, as we want the artists/copyright holders of the music to be paid royalties as a result of the ad placements.

YouTube operates a free service for hundreds of millions of people.  The ad revenue generated from content ID is how they continue to offer the service for free.

But I own the song. Why doesn’t YouTube know that? 

There are many scenarios where an artist might not actually own the song (for instance: they’re signed to a label that owns the master recording). YouTube doesn’t know all the details; they just know that Rumblefish (who has partnered with CD Baby for this sync licensing program) is administering the monetization of that song.  They will collect the money owed to you and it will be paid through your CD Baby account.  NO ownership of your music is being transferred to Rumblefish.

I’m already a YouTube partner and have ad revenue set up for the videos in my channel, will the exclusive content ID rights affect my standing with the revenue stream on my videos?

This will not interfere with your monetized videos that DO NOT contain music that is a part of the CD Baby Sync program. But it’s possible that it could interfere with your videos that do contain music you’ve opted-in for CD Baby’s sync licensing program.  If so, send an email to cdbaby@cdbaby.com and we will give you instructions on how to quickly solve this problem.

Hopefully this explanation of YouTube’s Content ID process is helpful. As always, if you have additional comments or questions, please leave them in the section below.

-Chris R. at CD Baby

Promote Your Music on Youtube

  • Velcro Mary

    I've opted in for sync licensing, but have two questions regarding YouTube:

    1. What about videos that I uploaded prior to opting in for sync licensing. Will they be scanned by the content ID process eventually? I would hate to have to re-upload the videos and lose all of my views, comments, etc.

    2. When given the option, I chose to NOT let YouTube display ads during my videos. They're annoying, and the pennies I would receive weren't worth the aggravation to my fans. Now that I've opted in for sync licensing, will YouTube display pop-up ads in my videos or run full-sized ads before my video plays?

    Thanks,

    VELCRO MARY

    • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

      Hey Vecro, they WILL run ads now. That is how you get paid from YouTube. I'm pretty sure they're pop-ups, but I'll double check to be sure. As for previously uploaded videos, you're all set. You don't have to re-upload anything. YouTube will content ID those older videos too!

      • Mark

        Just to be sure: If I opt in here, any vids that currently use my songs will now show ad? I'm with Velcro Mary, I'd rather not have ads at all. Surely there is a more reasonable way to track a portion of earnings.

        A second question: do the synch rights only track to a certain recording of the song? Or is there a way to get royalties from live performance vids, say?

        • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

          To your first point, the ads ARE the earnings, though. With no ads– no earnings to share. So if you're concerned with having ads on your videos, I'd recommend not signing up for the program.

          Regarding second question, the content IDing is only going to work for the master recording of the song, NOT the composition, unless, of course, you were selling the live performances through CD Baby as well, in which case YouTube could content ID those recordings as well.

  • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

    If they DO give you trouble on that track after it's distributed through CD Baby, just send us an email and we'll communicate with Rumblefish and YouTube about it being a public domain composition.

    • Linda

      Thanks : )

      • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

        You're welcome ; )

  • http://twitter.com/mitchellhunter Mitchell Hunter

    Last week I requested to join YouTube's ContentID program for an artist I work with. I haven't received confirmation yet, but how does joining that directly differ from this new program with CD Baby?

    • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

      Well, they are taking a very long time to send back confirmations or rejections, firstly, but if confirmed, they'll only be IDing your video content, NOT the music. So… while you could make ad revenue from your videos, you won't make money if anyone else out there uses your music in THEIR videos. That is the main difference. With our deal, YouTube will content ID the actual music.

  • Jeffbookings

    What if ur registered with ASCAP dows that affect anything?

    • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

      Nope. In fact, it's good that you're already registered with a PRO. If Rumblefish is able to get you any TV placements, ASCAP will be authorized to collect your performance royalties for you.

  • The War I Survived

    Sorry, hate to be redundant. So I've uploaded many live shows and music videos of my band. All contain songs I've released thru CDBaby. I too have monetization and adsense already set up for all my videos, so they already have a little pop up ad.

    Is it still okay to opt in CDBaby's sync licensing program?

    • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

      Yes. But… here's an advance bit of warning: If you opt-in music for which you're already earning adsense on videos in your own YouTube channel, one day soon you'll see a warning in your YouTube account stating that there's a little content ownership dispute. Basically, both you and Rumblefish are claiming to be the authorized party for collecting ad revenue on those videos. Not to worry, though.

      This just means the Rumblefish/CD Baby catalog has been properly ID'd by YouTube. And as far as YouTube knows, Rumblefish is the authorized party. There is a way to continue earning direct revenue through the adsense thing-a-ma-bob you already have set up with YouTube for those videos AND to earn ad revenue through Rumblefish for anyone else's videos that may use the same song, though. You CAN have Rumblefish relinquish their claim to particular videos (the ones you own and manage in your existing YouTube account).

      Unfortunately, you have to wait until you get that copyright notice from YouTube. There is no proactive way to do it. But once you do, all you gotta do is go here and fill out this form: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?hl=e

      So, sign those tunes up for our sync licensing program. Wait for the warning. Then fill out that form. Apologies if that seems,… complicated or redundant. The wonders of digital content licensing! Feel free to write us again for more details down the line if you need a refresher.

  • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

    Sorry, Ric. Cover songs are not included in the sync deal. (Since licensing a cover song would require permissions from and payments to the publisher/songwriter).

  • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

    Not to worry. That just means the Content ID process is working, … since Rumblefish has claimed the right to collect ad revenue for all videos where your music appears on YouTube (at least the tunes you opted-in through CD Baby). However, you can have Rumblefish relinquish their claim to particular videos (the ones in your YouTube account/channel) so that you can still collect ad revenue directly, but also have Rumblefish collect ad revenue for OTHER PEOPLE's videos that may use that same music.

    All you have to do is go here and fill out this form:
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?hl=e

  • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

    The Content ID process works with sonic fingerprinting, so we can only collect ad revenue for videos that make use of the master recording of a song (the version you're selling on CD Baby), which is generally the studio version. However, if you're also selling a live recording through us, then yes, THAT particular live version of the song could earn ad revenue on YouTube as well.

  • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

    Answer to question 1: yes. Answer to question 2: no.

    Your song (both as a composition and as a master recording) are separate entities from the music video. I would go ahead and copyright your song now. Regarding YouTube advice, we have tons of articles on ways to make creative videos on a budget. Check 'em out here: http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/musician-guides/the

  • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

    Hey DC, I think you probably already saw these instructions that I just posted (pretty sure that is what you're referencing in our comment), but just in case, I'll restate them here:

    If you opt-in music for which you're already earning adsense on videos in your own YouTube channel, one day soon (or already!) you'll see a warning in your YouTube account stating that there's a little content ownership dispute. Basically, both you and Rumblefish are claiming to be the authorized party for collecting ad revenue on those videos. Not to worry, though.

    This just means the Rumblefish/CD Baby catalog has been properly ID'd by YouTube. And as far as YouTube knows, Rumblefish is the authorized party. There is a way to continue earning direct revenue through the adsense thing-a-ma-bob you already have set up with YouTube for those videos AND to earn ad revenue through Rumblefish for anyone else's videos that may use the same song, though. You CAN have Rumblefish relinquish their claim to particular videos (the ones you own and manage in your existing YouTube account).

    Unfortunately, you have to wait until you get that copyright notice from YouTube (sounds like you already have). There is no proactive way to do it. But once you do, all you gotta do is go here and fill out this form:
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?hl=e

  • Mailbox

    I manage my wife's music career and am interested in your sync licensing program. Are you able to select only the original songs and not the covers (which are licensed by the publisher)? Also, let's say a big budget film wants to use one of my wife's songs. Are sync royalties negotiated at an industry standard level? My concern is, with someone I don't know doing the negotiating, they may "give away" our song for $500 in a $50 million big budget film. Please let me know your thoughts. Thanks!

    • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

      Yes. Our sync licensing program is for original music only, NO covers (which would require getting permissions from and paying licensing money to the publisher/songwriters). If there are cover songs on some of your wife's albums, you can still go ahead and click the button to opt the whole album in for the sync deal (if that is what you want to do) and we'll automatically block any of the cover songs from being entered into the sync deal.

      Regarding the money issue, yes. Industry standard, for sure. The negotiating power does reside with Rumblefish, to be clear, BUT… they only make money when you do; the more they can get for a placement, the more they make– the more you make. So they're incentivized to fight for fair fees.

      • rebecca

        so what about public domain music? will that be ignored like covers?

        • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

          Public domain music CAN be included in the sync program.

  • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

    Does the copyright notice say "Rumblefish"? If not, you should dispute that claim. With the CD Baby sync program, Rumblefish is only authorized to claim ad revenue for videos that make use of your master recordings (the tunes you opted-in through your CD Baby member account), NOT all versions of a composition.

  • http://www.facebook.com/glennfreeman Glenn Freeman

    How long will it take to ID our content? If not automatically found, how can we report it?

    • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

      It can take 2+ weeks, but in some cases it's happening within a couple days. If it hasn't happened after 3 weeks of opting-in, let us know.

      • Moisés Nieto

        Hi! I opted in 3 weeks ago for All-media but my content isn't "IDed" by youtube yet >_< This is my CDBaby page!: http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/MoisesNieto
        Is there something I should do? Thanks!

        • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

          I'd say give it another week. We've sent Rumblefish a HUGE amount of music in the past few weeks and they do have some manual elements to the procedure when it comes to analyzing your music for their music licensing search function. If you don't see anything after another week, write us at cdbaby@cdbaby.com

          • Moisés Nieto

            Ok, thanks for your fast reply CDBaby! I can perfectly wait some weeks more if necessary, don't worry! xD I was just paranoid about being rejected, this program looks really great!

          • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

            Nope. Not to worry. CD Baby isn't in the business of sending out rejection notices.

  • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

    There's no easy answer here, but the simplest answer is: it depends.

    If you're talking about placements on TV, film, and commercials, Rumblefish will try to negotiate the best payment they can (since the more you make, the more they make!)

    As for YouTube ad revenue, it depends on many factors. It's similar to how on-demand streaming services pay out. With YouTube, it depends on how much the advertiser is paying for that ad (which, again, varies based on a trillion different factors). A good guess is to say "a fraction of a penny to a few cents per play."

  • aakkvv

    If I only want to opt in for Microsync now because of a possible future deal for TV/Film placement with a licensing company, can I opt in for AllMedia at a later date? Do I have to first opt out of Mircrosync and then back in for AllMedia or can the TV/Film etc. portion just be added without the content first being taken off and losing the income stream.

    • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

      Yes. You can change later. And no, you will not have to opt out first since the MicroSync opportunities are included within the All Media scope.

  • http://www.viralgigs.com Andy Rogers

    That's really useful – I just got notification that one of my songs was being administered by Rumblefish and I was intending to dispute this. I'd obviously forgotten I'd authorised this through CDbaby!

  • Lil' D

    How do we know when youtube has taken the id on the content?

    Also how long is the process for cdbaby to get the numbers from the revenue to pay artists?

    • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

      Well, if you've uploaded videos already that use that song, you will probably see a notice in your account that Rumblefish is claiming to be the authorized party to collect ad revenue. Then you know it's working. Also, we pay quarterly, so you'll find out the numbers every 3 months.

  • http://www.darcimonet.com/ Darci Monet

    "You are also granting an exclusive license for Rumblefish to manage Content ID controls (and similar controls) on YouTube and other so-called “User-Generated-Content” Networks, as this will allow you to earn additional revenues that may be payable for the use of your content in videos on such networks."

    This needs to be explained for dummies.

    1) Am I not allowed to use any other company (Broadjam, for example) to license my music once I opt in?

    2) I can still make personal license agreements for my songs, correct? For instance, say "Sons of Anarchy" want to use one of my songs, I can negotiate personally, right? I don't have to send them to Rumblefish, do I?

    • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

      You are absolutely free to use other services to help generate income from music licensing. However, I'd recommend against authorizing any other companies to collect ad revenue from YouTube or similar companies, as Rumblefish already has this covered for you, and you don't want to create a rights dispute that will hold up your ability to collect that ad revenue.

      Also, you are free to continue seeking your own licensing opportunities as well. Those are the best, of course, since you don't have to cut anyone else in on your money!

  • Gagnez

    Hello I authorized a user to use my music in her YT video and to date it has nearly five million views. I know she is a YT partner and I wouldn't want the sync program, that I already signed up for, to interfere with her YT partnership. Will it?

    I also wonder if payment for my music on YT videos will be retroactively calculated?
    http://youtu.be/-BwwgoJoBEM

    My cdbaby info is: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/gagnez2

    • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

      They may see a copyright notice in their account regarding that video, and alerting them that Rumblefish is making a claim on the content (and thus on the ad revenue), but if you want them to continue to be able to collect ad revenue directly, you can fill out this form to have Rumblefish release that claim for that particular video:
      https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?hl=e

      However, you have to wait until the copyright notice has been sent from YouTube first before filling out that form.

  • Djscones

    i have videos already uploaded under my youtube name will affect when seraching for my music

    • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

      None of this licensing stuff will affect YouTube's search functions at all.

  • http://twitter.com/wiebkecontralto Wiebke Hoogklimmer

    Does this work in Germany, too?

    And what have I to do, that CDBaby knows my youtube channel and my songs on youtube?

    • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

      Yes. It will. YouTube's content ID process will take care of the "knowing" part, or the recognition of your catalog.

  • http://twitter.com/nicogroove Nico Boesten

    I'd HIGHLY recommend doing this. I signed up to Rumblefish over a year ago and it was a bit of a painful process (had to manually send in my discs) but it was well worth it. I get a royalty cheque of about $20 every couple months or so for doing nothing so I know it works. The audio swap tool is really incredible in Youtube & seems to be something Youtube is investing a lot of resources into. Now, with the ability to actually edit (trim), add filters / effects into your uploads, my guess is that eventually they'll have a full editing system available with AudioSwap (i.e. yours and my tunes) will be the most popular tunes to use.

    • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

      Cool. Glad it's working out for you! I've been working with them directly for about 6 years, and those checks are always a nice surprise.

  • Rip

    Pop-up ads are nothing compared to pre-rolls (these adverts before the video starts). It's horrible, I don't want this on my videos. Also, I'm all for getting money from this, but it looks like the guy who made a video doesn't get anything (unless it's split but I don't believe so, from what I've heard about exchanging soundtrack option on YouTube). Maybe that's alright for simple videos of cats and so on but if an artist works with an independent filmmaker who puts his work on YouTube… Not very nice.

    My proposition for CDbaby. Please make more options available, not just one program. Apart from this YouTube thing, I'm sure there are many people who would love to have their music in movies, tv, computer games… (you know things on the ARTISTIC side), but at the same time are against usage in advertising.

  • http://www.youtube.com/calliemooremusic Calliemooremusic

    I have a youtube channel with music videos on it. I constantly get requests from people asking me for permission to use my songs in their youtube videos. Where should I direct them? Should I just say "go ahead" and I'll automatically get paid by the content ID match? Or should I direct them to Friendly Music to purchase a sync license? How do these 2 programs work together? If they purchase a license for my song via Friendly Music and upload it in a video, will the Youtube content ID still recognize it a pay me on top of that?

    • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

      I would recommend you direct them to Friendly Music to purchase the initial license, yes. And THEN you'll still make money from the content ID process whenever that video is played. A double plus!

  • rebecca

    so what about when people do covers?

    • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

      Sorry. Cover songs are excluded from our sync program.

  • Yeahwhatever

    When i save my music in the dashboard under PRO's i save SOCAN but it always goes to Sokoj why why why?

  • http://www.consciousnessconnector.com/ Connector888

    What if you want to sell video on demand with perfectly synchonized video brainwave enhancement patterns with binaural neuroacoustic audio?

    • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

      I think you just blew my mind!

  • Ngl Richardson

    I have op in already youtube is doing well, can you see if it is op in already?

    • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

      If you have questions about your account, feel free to write cdbaby@cdbaby.com and we can look into it for you.

  • XLArve

    It is great!

  • Davey Bob Ramsey

    I gather from YouTube's AdSense product description that in the case of YouTube videos you'll only ever get paid for having the ads on your videos if someone actually clicks on the ad, i.e. navigates away from your video. And they don't seem to pay much per click. Wonder if it's worth it in the general scheme of things, I know as a user that I way prefer to watch videos that don't have ads pop up in them.

  • Nigebray

    Could you please use English. It would be so nice to understand what you're saying

    • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

      What parts need clarification?

  • Wtsybar

    Before using this CD Baby/Rumblefish Youtube option consult an entertainment lawyer first.Let the lawyer read the agreements first and explain it to you.Intellectual Property is too valuable to give it away for free .You may be losing all your rights to your own songs and videos without knowing it.

    • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

      Yes. You should always look into what you're signing before agreeing to anything. That being said, you do not lose the rights to anything. You keep the copyright for all your music and videos. You're simply allowing CD Baby and Rumblefish to license music on your behalf, and to collect ad revenue from YouTube for the usage of your music. Also, you can cancel at any time.

  • Christine

    We would love to opt-in with the synch licensing, if it was WITHOUT you tube. As stated in your article you tube has become a great way to find new songs, music, artists! We do not want our fans that upload videos with our music to their great channels be compromised with copyright notices or ads.
    Could there be a synch-licensing excluding youtube in the near future? E. g. a "nano synch"? We'd be opting in immediately! :-)))

    • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

      We'll look into it.

  • Ritchie Rees

    Hi
    I was wondering if you could help me out a little please….
    I have recently gone bankrupt and lost my hostbaby site and in my sites email is my password to get into my cdbaby account which i cant get into because as my world has dropped from under me at the moment.
    I'm not requesting you to switch me back on as that costs money and that's something i don't have at the moment.
    Can you please email me so I can give you some sort of proof please (That the cdbaby I have site is mine)
    Kind regards
    Ritchie

    (Email) ritchie.rees@googlemail.com

    • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

      Hey Ritchie, sorry to hear about your financial situation. Hope things turn around for you. As for your CD Baby account, I forwarded this message to someone in CD Baby customer service department so they can help you get back into your account. Also, feel free to call our customer service line if you need the password right away.

  • http://www.bluecoastrecords.com Cookie Marenco

    I've read through most of the links provided but can't seem to find the percentage of revenue (or fixed fee, if that's the case) that Rumblefish or CDBaby takes for licensing. Can you provide the information? Thanks

    • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

      It's a 50/50 deal, standard for pre-cleared licensing deals. So you get 50% of the licensing money.

  • Anonymous

    Can I opt-in ONLY for the YouTube option with CD Baby's Sync program?

    • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

      If you want to earn YouTube ad revenue, but NOT have Rumblefish pursue traditional sync opportunities like song placements on film, tv, commercials, then "MicroSync" is the option you'll want to select.

  • Snax

    What if there is a live performance of one of our tracks on YouTube? Do we get revenue for that as well?

    • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

      The only way you'd earn ad revenue through CD Baby's sync program for the live version of that song is if that particular live recording is in the CD Baby/Rumblefish catalog for YouTube to content ID.

  • http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/JCondor J. Condor

    Thank you for all of this information, and for responding to all of the comments. You've thoroughly answered all of my questions. Appreciate it.

    - J.

  • Judyindisguise

    Does the creator of the video have to purchase the license to use my song through YouTube in order for ads to be placed with it? There are hundreds of videos on YouTube now that use my music, and most of them I have authorized but none of them purchased a license. Will these be caught via the digital fingerprint and will ads be placed with them? There seems to be some confusion over this as a friend recently received this response from CD Baby: "We cannot collect funds from YouTube videos that are using your music now or in the future. We can only collect those funds if they have purchased a license for your music through YouTube. You will need to be responsible for collecting funds or pursuing people that are using your music in an unauthorized manner.”

    • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

      I'm so sorry. Whoever you received that response from was 100% wrong. I'll make sure our whole team is better informed on the intricacies of this sync deal,… but the CORRECT answer is: the YouTube content ID process will flag ANY video out there in the YouTube universe that uses music you've opted in for the CD Baby/Rumblefish sync licensing program. The YouTube account holders who are using your music will receive a notice saying that Rumblefish is claiming the right to collect ad revenue from this video for the usage of your song. They (the person you've authorized to use your songs in their videos) will not have to pay any licensing fees. Ads will appear on their videos, though, and that is how you'll earn money from your music's usage.

  • Ken

    I currently have an album w/ cd baby and have a few questions: (1) what is the difference between the two choices of All Media and Microsync? (2) what if i don't have any videos (only album tracks)? (3) will i be notified of who or what chooses to use a song?Also, any additional costs to what I already paid to cd baby? Thanks.

    • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

      No additional cost to join the program. All Media includes traditional sync opportunities- like TV, film, commercials, etc. MicroSync is for smaller new-media sync opportunities, like YouTube videos. You don't need to have videos of your own in order to make your music available for use in their videos. You will not be notified in advance about each usage, but you will see a quarterly report of every licensing sale/usage.

      • Ken

        Thanks for the quick response. Does smaller new-media sync opportunities, like Youtube fall under the All Media as well? If so, sounds like All Media is the way to go?

        • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

          Yep. All Media includes the MicroSync opportunities too.

  • Eliana Gilad – Voice

    1) What happens when you have a video with many different pieces of songs from several albums, all of which are on cdbaby?

    2) Youtube has locked me out of my channel of more than 130+ videos with more than 400,000 viewers (without marketing :-)… I set up my account 5 years ago with an email house through my hostbaby parked site http://www.voicesofeden.com with email musicpeace at voicesofeden.com. I cannot access it – nor find solution through google help youtube help etc…

    I want to optimize my videos for income and selling cdbaby products… but I cannot get into the account. My channel is http://www.youtube.com/user/musicpeace/videos?sor

    Anyone have a similar issue, who has found a solution? I am irritated beyond belief… and sure there must be a solution. This prob has caused me to leave youtube, searching alternative solutions.

    Hope to find some hope here (even though I know it's not specifically on topic – I'm thinking out of the box)

    • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

      Regarding question #1, was all that content yours (in terms of copyright)? Has it been this way for a bit, or did it just happen in conjunction with CD Baby's sync program? Feel free to send an email to cdbaby@cdbaby.com with details.

  • Anonymous

    My I opt-in ONLY for the YouTube option with the CD Baby Sync Licensing program? What if I do not wnat my songs to be licensed in other ways by Rumblefish?

    • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

      Closest thing to that would be the "micro-sync" option, which excludes traditional sync opportunities for TV, film, commercials, etc.

      • Anonymous

        So "micro-sync" is for YouTube only, correct?

        Also, there are currently over 100 videos on YouTube with our music that fans of our songs have uploaded. We will be paid for these songs in these existing videos as well aa any new ones that appear, correct?

  • Valmyr de oliveira

    Eu ja fiz a minha sincronização de licenciamento através da CD BABY para o itunes e outros. Esta licença não vale para o youtube?

  • Babslee99

    Hi CDBaby,

    Just to clarify/recap:

    -this is non-exclusive, so I can still license elsewhere
    -whether the music gets used by my own videos or someone else's, I just make money from the ads that play during the video
    -technically, my song could get used for a terrible video that goes viral and there would be nothing I could do about that association.

    -would rumblefish then have the right to place my songs in TV and film syncs? Can I approve that?
    -how much money is made per ad or per video view?

    Thanks so much for this,

    JaimeLee

  • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

    Es un programa independiente. iTunes se incluye en el programa de patrón de distribución digital de CD Baby. YouTube es parte de nuestro programa de sincronización de licencias. Sin embargo, no hay ningún costo adicional para el programa de sincronización. Se incluye con su calidad de miembro de CD Baby.

  • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

    Yes to your first 4 questions. Hover, you would not have the ability to approve placements. Rumblefish is able to be so effective at licensing because all the songs are pre-cleared, meaning if a producer wants a song for a TV show they can just negotiate the deal right away, rather than having to hunt down an artist who may be on tour, or have to talk to multiple band members. If they have to wait that long, the producer will probably just pick another song by a different artist. Production schedules are tight these days. As for money, there's no set figure since it's based on ad-revenue and so many factors go into how much those ads cost for the advertiser. But it works out to be similar to an on-deman streaming payout, anywhere from a fraction of a penny to a few centers per.

  • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

    MicroSync is not limited to YouTube. It includes any type of project or production that makes use of multimedia or new media platforms. Examples include website-music, online video sharing (e.g., videos on YouTube), presentations, and apps (including app-games). This also includes a limited right for users to make physical copies (but not more than 100) of their production or project.

    Essentially, they're "small" sync deals. No big exposure placements.

  • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

    Also, yes. You'll be paid for every video that includes music that you've opted into the sync program.

    • Anonymous

      All my songs on CD "A" are in the "micro-sync" option. Someone takes a song off of CD "A", places in her video and uploads it to YouTube on her own. She does not purposely or conscientiously choose to go through Rumblefish's YouTube library. Will I get paid for my song?

      • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

        Yes indeed. YouTube will ID the song and we'll pay you the ad revenue from that video.

  • DJ Seko

    How long does it take before Youtube recognizes a creating as one that has been registered ?

    • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

      The content ID process takes about 2-4 weeks, though sometimes sooner.

  • Scotia

    HI, you now have magical powers????, quote" ( magical high-tech machinery and register an exact sonic “fingerprint” for each and every one of your songs in their database)" You turned me off with that phrase, come on, did I come down in the last shower.

    • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

      Well, I'm not very technically minded, so they're magical to me.

  • Chris Syler

    I just signed up for AllMedia… I noticed we are asked to provide our PROs info. Why is this ?
    Will royalties be paid quaterly to my PRO or directly to me ?

    • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

      Not sure. I'd recommend writing to AMG about that. But I wonder if it might just be that AllMedia wants to have an accurate record of a musician's relevant info.

  • steve stoll

    i have worked w/ cd baby in the past, but i am also an ascap member. isn't ascap collecting this money already?

    • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

      Nope. ASCAP collects performance royalties.

    • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

      No. ASCAP collects performance royalties.

  • walter goulet

    I have 4 of my of my own songs with guitar and vocal singing at home.
    will they earn any form of payment? from youtube? ,and can they tell
    that the songs are from my origial at cdbabys id print?,and should I add
    the rest of my songs to you tube?Thanks for your feedback.

    • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

      If you're selling those versions through CD Baby and you opt them into the program, and if anyone uses them on YouTube, then yes- you will earn money. Also, since there is now money to be made, I'd recommend signing up your whole catalog of recorded music.

  • http://www.tiffanylunn.co.uk/ Tiffany Lunn

    If someone uses music for a YouTube video via Rumblefish do I get part of the $1.99 they charge?

    If they use it from the YouTube catalogue direct, do I just get money from the advertising?

    • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

      If the video creator purchases a license from Rumblefish's Friendly Music program, you'll get the $1.99 fee plus any ad revenue for that music's use on YouTube. If they do NOT purchase the license from Friendly Music, you'll still earn the ad revenue from YouTube.

  • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

    Well, how much does the remix differ from the original? If it's a very different "sonic artifact" then I think their content ID process would think it is a unique composition. That is just a guess, though, without knowing more about your music.

  • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

    Thanos, excellent idea. We posted this: http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/2012/02/how-to-make

    But I like your idea of the artist notifying the video maker (if they can track them all down) to warn them NOT to be afraid of a copyright notice.

    Also, it generally takes about 2-4 weeks.

  • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

    They buy-links are not part of our sync program. Where are you seeing them appear? Can you provide the URL so we can check it out? As for your first question, it would only appear if the person uploading the video includes your artist/song/album names in the description for the video.

  • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

    Well, that is a great idea, of course. Most licensing firms want to get both versions of a track. However, with CD Baby's sync program there is no way to limit songs to particular usages or designate that the instrumental version is ONLY for soundtracks (but not for… apps, presentations, YouTube videos, etc.) If you're concerned about that limitation, you might want to just sign up the vocal versions with us and then keep the instrumental versions for any other licensing opportunities that come your way directly or through a 3rd party agency.

  • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

    Are you certain YouTube has not identified them correctly? If so, send an email to cdbaby@cdbaby.com and we look into it.

  • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

    Hey Thanos, I just had someone in our customer service department check into it. Looks like everything is fine and you have a "delivery pending" status with Rumblefish, so I'd say give it another week or two. Thanks!

  • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

    Ah! Well, in order to be included in the sync deal you AT LEAST need to have that music available for MP3 purchase on cdbaby.com. You don't need to do the full distribution thing with iTunes, Amazon, etc. But you would need those tunes available for digital purchase through CD Baby.

    • TWBA

      I have a related question: if we want to add instrumental versions of the songs, will we have to pay the usual fee to CD Baby as though we were adding a new album? We really don't want to offer these to the general public, just music licensing opportunities.

  • Anonymous

    I'm a musician and that would be so very helpful to get paid for my music…is easy to set all this up?
    http://kiyomimusic.com

    • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

      Very easy. It's just a simple opt-in process in your CD Baby members account.

  • Karyn Ellis

    Hi there CDbaby folks! Are you planning to include the option to click yes to micro licensing, but no to Youtube ads? I don't want ads on my videos shown through my channel, but I am interested in making my music available to other people to use in their projects. Currently it appears you have to opt-in to youtube ads if you want to take advantage of the micro licensing.

    • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

      Nope. No plans for that. Basically, the ad revenue is the main benefit to the micro-sync. Without the ad revenue, no $$ except for the $1.99 sync license through Friendly Music.

  • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

    Yes. It'd be a whole separate album submission. Also, in order to the the sync deal, we'd at least need to be offering MP3 versions of those instrumental tracks on CDBaby.com.

  • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

    The answer to question 1 is yes and no. Advertisers pay YouTube. YouTube pays the PROs. And the PROs pay the composers/publishers. However, YouTube doesn't send along detailed stats, so essentially, the PROs are just guessing at who they need to pay, and like usual… that means Lady GaGa can buy another weird outfit and the indie musicians with a few thousand plays won't see any performance royalties from YouTube.

    As far as ads, they are the pop-ups.

  • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

    Usually a couple weeks. But you’re right– with everyone jumping in at once, our initial delivery was massive, and Rumblefish is taking a bit longer to process that music in their catalog. Not a mess at all, just… slowed a bit. I’d say give it a couple more weeks.

  • Frogpoet

    what if only a portion of my song gets used in the video? say for example that the video is only 30 seconds long but my song is 2 minutes, so the video creator only uses the portion of the song he thinks fits in best. will that section of the song be id'ed? or does the whole song need to be in the video? if only a section of the song needs to be in the video, there must be some smallest amount of time before the id can match; i wonder if it would be five seconds or ten seconds. any idea? also does the beginning of the song have to be included for the fingerprint to match, or can someone only use say 30 seconds of the very middle of my song and still get the fingerprint to match?

    • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

      The fingerprinting should still match, but I'm not sure exactly how short a clip would still get properly ID'd. I'll look into that.

  • Frogpoet

    does someone actually have to click on the advertisement for me to get paid (this assumes the advertisement has a link of some sort), or is it sufficient for the user to just view the advertisement? will any advertisements be skippable by viewers after X number of seconds, and if so, and the user skips the advertisement after Y seconds (where Y >= X of course) then does that affect payment? presumably the user might be able to watch 90 % of the ad before he gets tired and skips the rest – would that count as a skip or a view?

    • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

      Ads are pop-ups, not the ones that play beforehand. Also, yes. They must be clicked in order to generate ad revenue.

  • Frogpoet

    do i need to have my song registered with the United States Copyright Office (Form SR) before opting in? i assume not since it appears that this service is available world-wide – is my assumption correct ?

    • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

      You are correct. You do NOT need a US copyright registration. Though, of course, it's always good to copyright your music, no matter what country you live in!

  • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

    Some folks must be clicking ads, because YouTube keeps putting them up there, and they are generating ad revenue from them. To your first question, you do not get paid retroactively. Only clicks moving forward.

  • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

    If you're working with another licensing company that handles YouTube mico-sync opportunities, I would recommend you NOT sign up with us/Rumblefish for the same service. You'll end up tying up your music/video with copyright disputes.

  • Moisés Nieto

    Hi!
    6 weeks have passed since my music was accepted in the licensing program, but it still hasn't been "ided" in youtube >_< Should I send an e-mail to cdbaby or should I wait a bit more?~

    See you!!
    Moisés Nieto

  • Moisés Nieto

    Ignore my last comment! One of my songs has just been ided, so I expect the rest of them will be recognized soon too xD Thanks for your service!

  • LR

    Your FAQ on cancelling says to use the "cancellation form". Where exactly is this? I hope it's not under "cancel this album", because I don't want to cancel the whole album, just the Rumblefish bit.

    • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

      Ah, sorry for confusion. Basically, go to the normal cancellation form. Click the "view/edit" button for the particular album, then under the "Album Info" section— click the "cancel this album" link. Then choose "Cancel from Specific Partners" and you can select Rumblefish. That'll close down your sync stuff but keep your album selling everywhere else.

  • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

    I'm not sure I understand. Did you use someone else's copyright images? If so, it may've been taken down.

  • Wintercrescent

    Ok …. Everything is good! We now have our music available in rumblefish !!! Thank you cdbaby !!!

  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    You will not earn money for usage before you signed up. The program is not retroactive because YouTube's content ID process only happens once you're signed up, and while I suppose YouTube COULD assume that previous plays of a video contained the same sonic material as what they've just ID'd… that just ain't the way YouTube wants to do it.

  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    Which license are you referring to? The PROs are not collecting ad-share or micro-sync fees for your music's usage on YouTube. So yes, if you're already signed up with ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, etc.– you can still be a part of CD Baby's sync licensing program.

  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    YouTube's content ID system would not ID two different live performances of a song as the SAME tack. Unless of course the performance and mix were nearly identical, which I can't imagine happening. In terms of live versions and the CD Baby sync program, YouTube will only be paying us for tracks we've delivered. So you're welcome to monetize any videos/music on YouTube yourself that are not being distributed via CD Baby. The only down-side to the direct monetization/ad-share setup is that you won't be paid if someone ELSE uses those tracks.

  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    Short answer: it doesn't. SoundExchange is collecting royalties for "performances" on satellite, online radio, etc.

  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    I'll look into this. As far as I know, that should NOT be happening since the content IDing is like an audio fingerprint, and not based on song title, artist name, etc. I'll get some clarification.

  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    Just spoke with the folks at Rumblefish. Apparently it was a misidentification by YouTube's content ID system. They removed the claim on this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgF00ETtAkI&fe
    Let them know if you have any other weird instances of YouTube IDing.

    • Anonymous

      I have two other instances. Will post later. Thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Glade-Swope/100001924954703 Glade Swope

    But you would be missing out on Kar—ke(tm) sales!

  • http://twitter.com/SomeMetryGuy Some Metry Guy&trade

    Ok thanks.

    I also have a problem with: http://youtu.be/kdileLTJbB0
    being matched with this: http://somemetryguy.bandcamp.com/track/finally-ti

    and this: http://youtu.be/wmiBdfZjwdk
    has been matched with this: http://somemetryguy.bandcamp.com/track/here-and-t

    • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

      If you send these examples to our customer service team (cdbaby@cdbaby.com), they can look into it with Rumblefish.

  • Steve

    Hello Thanks for your article, There seems to be an issue with my songs that have been uploaded by someone else before this You tube partner thing started, the problem is those songs are not being recognized as my music, when people upload my music or videos now it gets linked to my label.
    but my music uploaded by others before i started this program, is not being Identified as mine, could you shed some light on this?
    Thanks

    • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

      Are those other people uploading videos that include the exact same mixed, mastered version of songs that you signed up with CD Baby's sync licensing program? If so, contact cdbaby@cdbaby.com with details and we'll look into it. If they're different versions not included in our catalog then YouTube will have no way to properly ID them as yours.

  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    Hey Sarah, I'm sure there is. I would recommend contacting Rumblefish directly and explain the situation. I'm sure they can "reclaim" your tracks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=503670290 Sarah Jane Coloso Gi

    Will do! Thanks for your swift response. You guys are great!

  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    I can assure you that Rumblefish is not a fraud. I actually have worked with them for my own music for about 6 years now, long before CD Baby's partnership with them. It can take a while for YouTube ad payments to be reported in your CD Baby account, since it's gotta go from YouTube to Rumblefish to us. But it'll show up. However, if you're dissatisfied with any part of the deal, feel free to write cdbaby@cdbaby.com to get things changed or fixed.

  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    Have you uploaded any videos to your own YouTube account with that song? Did you get the "third party" warning displaying in your account? If so– it's working. If not, feel free to contact us at cdbaby@cdbaby.com

  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    That is an excellent question. Something may've slipped through the cracks on your delivery, and if so, I apologize. Please email cdbaby@cdbaby.com with the details asap and we'll investigate.

  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    Hey Marcus,

    Regarding your first question, there's two ways to look at it: first, if the ONLY instances of your music being used on YouTube are in your own account/channel, then you might as well just use the direct revenue share. But if other people are using your music in their videos, you should do the CD Baby sync program so you can collect money for ALL those usages.

    Regarding 2, the AudioSwap thing has not been enabled yet. Will keep you posted with more details as we get them.

    And for 3, yes. Rumblefish pays us, and we pay you. You do NOT have to involve any P.R.O. affiliation in order to collect micro-sync fees.

  • Jordinkid

    i wish i would have seen this article earlier…i was OUTRAGED..under the impression someone else was claiming my songs to be theirs

  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    The advertisement that pops up is a good indicator that it's been ID'd for ad-share. But there is no way that you can get into their account to check for sure.

  • http://www.youtube.com/theianbroadcast1993 Ian McAlpine

    Hey, I posted my song on YouTube and it got about 3000+ views and there are ads on it and Im just wondering how long it takes for the money to show up in my account. Its been about 5 months and I still have not seen any activity happen.

    Thanks.

    • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

      Our first Rumblefish payment only accounted for the first couple days of the partnership. Our 2nd payment is coming soon, and that will be for a much longer period than just 2 days.

  • Willy

    My main priority is getting those links under YouTube vids that use my songs which let people click to download the song on iTunes, Amazon, etc. The ads aren't that alluring to me — and in one case in particular I definitely don't want any ads on the video. Are the two mutually exclusive, or can I get those music site links without having to have ads on my videos?

    • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

      I'm pretty sure if you're partnered in and were able to get the fancy download links, then you're going to have to enable ads too. The ads are YouTube's incentive for letting you use their extra tools–their chance to earn money from your videos.

  • http://www.facebook.com/steven.mon Steven Mon

    I wish I read this more carefully. I just made a video using one of my songs, and I got that notice about it IDing the fingerprint, and I got confused, and like an idiot I DISPUTED MY OWN SONG. So now I can't monetize the video while it's in dispute. I see no way of canceling my dispute (I couldn't find a way to contact YouTube–I sent an email that was rejected by a bot).

  • http://twitter.com/bigbazzaj barry Jmccormack

    Hi did you get an answer to this as i have done the same and whats more i won the dispute and you tube took the copyright notice off-what course of action were you advised to take? Would reloading the video effectively start the process again?

  • http://twitter.com/bigbazzaj barry Jmccormack

    Hi I read this article too late and disputed the copyright claim and whats more Youtube agreed and removed the matched third part content. Help how do i get undo this situation

    • http://members.cdbaby.com/ CD Baby

      Hi Barry,

      email us and we can take a look at your account.

      cdbaby@cdbaby.com

  • James

    Hey. I was wondering if you would recommend Rumblefish over ASCAP. If not, what's the difference?

    • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

      I would recommend BOTH, since they perform different services. Rumblefish is a music licensing firm (who is actually partnered with CD Baby for our sync licensing program); they help you get your music into film, TV, games, YouTube, and more. ASCAP is a performing rights organization (like BMI, SESAC, etc.) who collects performance royalties on your behalf.

  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    All you need to do is:

    - Login to your account at http://members.cdbaby.com/login

    - Scroll down and click on the orange "View/Edit" button on the right hand side of the screen for that release.

    - Click on Cancellation Options

    - Hit the radio button to the right of Cancel From Specific Partners. You can choose Rumblefish there.

  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    Most likely, our sync-licensing partner Rumblefish is putting a claim on that video because the music used in it is also part of CD Baby's sync-licensing program. However, you can have Rumblefish release the claim to that particular video—but still retain the right to collect ad revenue for OTHER videos that use the same music. Fill out this info: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?form

  • thefatmouth

    So are you saying that an original music video getting hits on YouTube only makes money for the copyright holder through advertising? …no royalties for the tune just being played (eg from PRS)?

    • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

      Correct. As of right now, you're only paid for the ad-share. Basically, all the laws in these areas were very grey. Then YouTube becomes hugely popular and changes how video is used forever. The law and common sense are trying to catch up. But we're working hard to try to open up revenue streams (mechanicals, performance royalties, whatever else is possible) for indie bands through YouTube.

  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    No. They're happy to lift those rights disputes whenever they appear, so it wouldn't be that. Send an email to cdbaby@cdbaby.com with the details and we can look into it for you.

  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    Hey Jarod,

    The split is 50/50 between artist and Rumblefish/CD Baby. So for Friendly Music purchases you'd make half of those listed amounts. Also, regarding ad revenue for YouTube videos, that is the only revenue source right now for indies, but we're working hard to open new revenue streams for DIY artists for YouTube plays (publishing royalties for streams, etc.) beyond simple ad share.

    Hope that helps. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    Hey Dan,

    Well, it's tough to say how much an artist will make for a few reasons. The biggest reason is that YouTube ad-share payments vary depending upon a host of factors — but the payments are generally in the same range as on-demand streaming payments from Rhapsody or Spotify. Also, the more videos your music is used in, and the more those videos are played, the greater your chances for earning ad revenue — but that will be different for every artist. Lastly, the certain part: for all micro-sync revenue, there's a 50/50 split. You earn 50 percent and Rumblefish/CD Baby keep 50 percent. Hope that helps give you enough information to figure out what sync solution is best for you, but please let me know if you have any other questions.

  • http://signedrecordlabeldeal.com/ Derrick Johnson

    Youtube is the #3 website on the planet, right behind google and facebook…based on that alone it's foolish to ignore it

  • stan1954

    All that I hear on commercials is old 20 years old music nothing new our 10 years old
    why is that? Stanley Daniels

  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    I think it all depends on the context. Is it clear they're lip-syncing to someone else's song, or are they playing it off as if it's their own original work? If they credit you as the artist (in the video title or in the notes), and if it's your master recording, you might consider letting them keep the video live — since YouTube's content ID system will recognize it as your music and pay you a share of ad revenue that the video generates (if you're signed up with CD Baby's sync licensing program). Plus,… it's an endorsement of your music! If you want it taken down, I think you could just write them in the comments section and tell them you'd like them to remove it.

  • http://blog.hostbaby.com/ Chris B at CD Baby

    Yes. Hit "acknowledge"

  • emma smith

    I have a question my boyfriend makes music and people use his music, they didnt buy it off him but they do videos for it and they make money off it how does he make money off those videos with his music on it ?

    • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

      Well, there's two ways. One could be from a license paid from the the video maker to your boyfriend for that usage. It's called a sync license. Though if they know each other, lots of times indie artists don't ask for fees. In return, they get exposure for their music. The second way he could make money is by signing up for CD Baby's sync licensing program, and then we would collect for him a share of any ad revenue generated from the usage of his music in those same videos.

      Hope that helps. Let me know if you have any more questions.

      @ChrisRobley

  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    Which site are you trying to visit?

    @ChrisRobley

  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    What other options do you mean? I would say it's ALWAYS good to put your music on YouTube. It's the world's largest music-discovery engine! As for hunting down people who share the copyright or own the copyright to songs you were involved in creating, that's another challenge.

    @ChrisRobley

    • John

      Thanks Christopher for the heads up! Actually I also have an arrangement or two, one semi-original, the other just an interpretation of a song which was dedicated to an esteemed friend, who was killed in an auto accident almost 11 years ago; it was his favorite hymn per his widow. I guess I'll give it a go, but I am SO GLAD I found out the "poor man's coyright" method is bogus, and will
      NOT suffice. Used to know about a Songwriters group, this pre-Web by the way, whereby one could get a few songs secured without having to go to the US Copyright Office. Know anything about that group? THANKS a whole lot!

      • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

        Yes. Avoid the poor man's copyright. That doesn't hold up in court. Plus, when you register the copyright with the LoC, you're afforded certain basic protections in the case of infringement.

        @ChrisRobley

        • John

          You are referring to the Library of Congress of course. Used to have their address, and I can get that via the Web. This will be my next step, prior to making the Utube short video. Thanks once again!

  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    Not sure what the legal experts who comment on this blog would be, but I would suggest you consult with an entertainment attorney if you plan to monetize a number of videos using other peoples' compositions, just to make sure you've covered yourself.

    @ChrisRobley

  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    Not sure what the legal experts who comment on this blog would be, but I would suggest you consult with an entertainment attorney if you plan to monetize a number of videos using other peoples' compositions, just to make sure you've covered yourself.

    @ChrisRobley

  • Debra Hope Miller

    Hi Barry,

    I received the notice from YouTube the other day. I didn't dispute it, but emailed CDbaby. It's my original piece and have copyrighten with LOC. Would you recommend I dispute it, so Youtube knows that I own my own work. And, I have views and comments/fans…would I lose that then by reloading?

    And I guess major question, are you glad you did that and how is it working for you? Thanks.

  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    Hey G,

    Sorry you're getting the run-around. Please email cdbaby@cdbaby.com or call 1-800-Buy-My-CD and tell our artist support team the details, and they can figure out the best way to handle this quickly.

    @ChrisRobley

  • http://www.guillaumeerard.com Guillaume Erard

    I am not even getting an answer form CDBaby, not even an acknowledgement. This is getting really frustrating so I am going to pull out of this service :(

    • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

      Guillaume,

      I'm having someone on our artist support team get in touch with you as soon as possible.

      <a>@ChrisRobley

  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    Since I'm not sure about the details of your publishing deal, I'm not sure whether or not you'd be violating any terms by working with CD Baby in this capacity. BUT… I'd assume that if your deal allows for SOME of your songs to be included in the publishing deal with them, but also allows you to have a catalog of songs that is outside the scope of that deal, then you're fine to use CD Baby to help monetize any video on YouTube that makes use of one of the songs your publisher DOESN'T do the administration work for. Does that make sense? Best bet would be to contact your publisher and see what is allowable within the terms of your agreement.

    @ChrisRobley

  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    Sorry you're having a frustrating time with this. That GoogleDoc is no longer the procedure for releasing Rumblefish/CD Baby's claim on videos. All you have to do now is dispute the claim with YouTube directly for the videos within your own channel. YouTube will release those videos back to you, and then CD Baby will be able to continue collecting ad-revenue for you from the usage of your music in OTHER peoples' videos.

    @ChrisRobley

  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    Hey Bill,

    If you're selling music on CD Baby that is also used on YouTube in videos (either your own or in other peoples' channels), then just sign up for our sync licensing program and we'll make sure you're paid ad-revenue whenever someone clicks on the ads displayed on videos that use your music. YouTube's content ID program will detect the tunes.

    And no, no long forms or 8-month waiting period to get started.

    @ChrisRobley

  • Miggy Smashdit

    Send them a message and ask them politely to provide the purchase link to your music in the description. You wouldnt want to lose one of your biggest fans.

  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    I ran this by someone in our artist support team and they said:

    "If a video is unavailable, that wouldn't be something that has to do with our sync/YouTube program. We wouldn't remove a video or make it unavailable, so that may indicate that YouTube had some other issue with the video and took it down.

    If you acknowledge the notice, it should go away right away. But whether you acknowledge or dispute, the video shouldn't be pulled for any reason. If you have any other questions, give us a call or write cdbaby@cdbaby.com."

    @ChrisRobley

  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    I'll ask our customer service team to get in touch with you about this.

    @ChrisRobley

  • Warren Farren

    Do I need mechanical license to record someone else's songs?

    • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

      Well, if you want to distribute, sell, or give away your recorded version of that song — yes.

      @ChrisRobley

  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    The downside is that you don't have your individual song titles in the title of the YouTube video — which obviously helps for search. The plus, as you mentioned, is you'll have more views for that single video (which contains all the songs). As for YouTube ID and ad revenue, they'll be able to ID it properly and pay you for any ads clicked. It's tough to say (since I'm not privy to YouTube/Google's method for determining ad rates) if the rates would be exactly the same for one long video as they would be for a bunch of shorter ones (assuming the same amount of people were to click either way).

    @ Chris Robley