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.
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).
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.
YouTube offered me the chance to remove the Quik music and replace it with royalty-free music from their library.
I made a choice for dance music and, lo and behold, I was allowed to monetize my 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.
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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