Lets hope the system works better than YouTube’s. They flagged me TWICE for songs I wrote and composed solo…and they sounded NOTHING like the claimed pieces I had supposedly infringed upon. The infringement claims were dropped on both of them pretty quickly after I went through the disagreement process. But again…they should have NEVER been flagged for any reason in the first place as there was NO similarity whatsoever…not even the title. Their system SUCKS at NOT raising false flags!
Ivan stated that IF “copyright content is found, the release becomes blocked and the author gets a warning if this continues it will be banned. Simple as that.”
I see problems ahead already with that concept as ALL music uploaded to the site is copyrighted…regardless of if officially registered with the copyright office or not…that’s what the law says. PLUS…if you are an “author” of a song…how do you infringe on yourself?
Maybe that statement should have read “uploader” instead.
And finally…I really hope the folks running MC actually do their own research and do not rely solely on what others tell them concerning copyright laws as I have seen this more times than I care to count. The number one totally false and untrue thing I constantly hear from the uneducated in this area is that…whoever wrote the music is the one …and the only one…who holds copyright in the song. This is about as far from the truth as you can get…unless you wrote the entire song alone. There is a thing called “joint authorship”…which usually results from musical collaborations…which I do almost exclusively…that gives the lyric writer AND the music composer of a song EQUAL rights to the copyright…unless an agreement of some other kind has been drawn up.
Both the author and the composer have EQUAL rights in this scenario to perform, display, reproduce, distribute, modify…and best of all…license the song for use…as long as the license is “non-exclusive” and each “joint author” informs the other/others about any licensing of this type that has taken place so that the others may take the necessary actions required of them to collect their share of any royalties generated…if they so desire. In the event an “Exclusive” license is sought…all joint authors of the song must be in agreement for it to be granted.
The PRO’S have NOTHING to do with policing copyright violations as they simply collect the royalties for songs that are actually registered with them. ANY joint author may register a song and its writers/composers with them.
Yeah…I’ve done my homework…and did it a long time ago as I work with a LOT of people from around the world…and didn’t want to get scre#ed simply because I was ignorant of how things work in the REAL world. That’s all just a small part of what people should already know…there’s way more.
So like I said…hope the folks running MC are doing their homework…for themselves