I filmed this LED flashmob in Berlin, edited it with the Quik app on my iPhone, shared it on YouTube, and this is what happened.

Youtube music copyright warning

As soon as I had uploaded the video, I got an e-mail alert from Youtube. The music that was added by the Quik app triggered a copyright claim.

So, I went to watch my video and was surprised to see that Google was selling ads against my copyright (for visuals) and the music publisher’s content (for audio).

YouTube running ads on my content

And I shook my head, and said, “Hmm.”

YouTube says that it is sharing the ad revenue from these placements with the composer. I have no idea of the percentage of such an arrangement and I am, for sure, not being compensated for my original, exclusive footage.

How do I know I have no chance to earn money?

I went into the video settings for the film and saw this.

Monetization turned off by YouTube

YouTube offered me the chance to remove the Quik music and replace it with royalty-free music from their library.

Choose YouTube music instead

I made a choice for dance music and, lo and behold, I was allowed to monetize my video.

Now you can monetize your video

Until I can learn more about how Quik licenses the music they provide in their app, I will avoid this screen in the future when pairing my valuable footage with their music library.

Music in Quik app is not royalty free

P.S. I uploaded alternate edits of the video on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and received no copyright warnings for the original tracks.

One dancer fainted just before this @scholzfriends #flashmob stunt last night in #Berlin. pic.twitter.com/OOWHSgnKJ5

— Robb Montgomery (@robbmontgomery) June 29, 2016

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