• CodeBreaker
    Member since February 13th, 2020

    Believe it or not, there are companies who are constantly keeping an eye out to catch poor and unsuspecting AMV makers on the internet using their content in the form of video or music and have sworn to take down as much as they have the power to lay hands on.

    While music labels and corporations generally see AMVs in a negative light, often the actual musical artists in question do not hold the same views. It's a fact that most artists are cool with using their workpiece since it serves as a form of free promotion, however, the main issue here is the companies behind these considerate artists. A number of AMV editors report having had positive contact with various artists

    The slight utter of the word "COPYRIGHT" could strike a nerve on most AMV creators. In fact, It's generally not something anyone at the end of a copyright strike would want to hear.

    So how do you possibly make an AMV without copyrights?

    I've put together 3 simple steps you can follow in order to stay clear from copyright issues

    This is the first preventive measure you need to check before even starting to make your AMV. It is very important to know the current copyright policies included in the audio piece you plan on using. It's a good preventive feature because it allows you to know what will happen when you publish your AMV on YouTube.

    Copyright holders decide if and how they want their music to be used on YouTube, so their copyright policy will affect whether and how your video is made available. If you use music listed in the Music Policy Directory, You will definitely get a warning.

    There are three different policies:

    • Monetize: The copyright holder has chosen to monetize this music, so ads may appear on your video. In some cases, the copyright holder may elect to share some of that revenue with you. Even if this policy is applied, the video may not be available everywhere or on all devices.
    • Block worldwide: One or more copyright holders don't allow the use of this music on YouTube. If you use this music, your video may be muted or may be entirely unavailable on YouTube.
    • Block in some countries: One or more copyright holders have restricted the countries in which this music is available on YouTube. If you use this music, your video won't be viewable where the music is blocked on YouTube.

    SOURCE: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/6364458

    You can check the status of any music on Youtube's Music Policies Page 

    A vast majority of songs are free to use and possibly monetize but a lot more may be blocked in some countries while others will be marked red meaning it's a NO-GO area that could lead to heavy copyright infringements. You can click through to get more information about permits and locations in which your AMV will be blocked. You can choose to include these songs in your video depending on the policies and how you can cope with them. For example, if a song is blocked in about 20-50 different countries then it's probably not a very good idea to use them because your traffic will be affected anyways. So stay away from those. However, THIS IS NOT A COPYRIGHT STRIKE!

    In a likely event that there's a song you really want to use but it is blocked then here's what you need to do.

    Find a remix or cover of that song. There are a handful of freely distributed and uncopyrighted covers of most popular songs and 99% chance that they are free to use.

    Now that we have taken care of our copyright problem on audio pieces, what about the visual copyrights?

    AMVs have two copyrighted claim types --the music and the video. Copyright claims on visuals only happen on rare cases, especially for AMVs. In fact, you might notice that only 2 out of 20 videos might get flagged for visual content copyrights however, it is good to know how to avoid them.

    When you get flagged for copyright, you can always check the claim type on the video by visiting YouTube studio. Audio claims are usually not as intense as visual claims. The worst they could do is demonetize your video or block it. But it's slightly different for visual claims as you might stand a chance to losing even your channel.

    YouTube's crawlers sometimes check every 15-20 seconds on your video searching for frames that match copyrighted content in their database. It's an automatic check process that normally begins a few seconds after you've uploaded your AMV and can instantly flag the affected videos which will most likely get blocked afterward.

    It'll look something like this:

    A simple walk-around to this is to upload the video as edited material and not as a newly branded content because youtube will identify some frames in the video. One thing you need to avoid in this situation is disputing the content. That will only make matters worse and cause you to lose your channel or even get caught up in a lawsuit.

    As you can see in the above image, the copyrighted content was found during 1-2 minutes of the play segment

    What you can do is:

    • Speed up the video from the start to the end of the copyrighted play segment
    • Add a transition effect to the exact part of the affected video
    • Add a dark border
    • Add a high contrast effect or filter
    • Blur out the affected part

    Or you could just trim out the copyrighted segment entirely which is the most recommended and easiest action to take. YouTube even suggests taking this option and it kinda seems like the most reasonable method to get the copyright dogs off your trail.

    Remember to avoid disputing the video as much as possible trust me you do not want to play that game. IT'S A TRAP

    And now the third and final approach is to give honor to whom honor is due. It wouldn't hurt you to give credit to the original owners of the content you're using. You can include credits in the description so it can clearly be seen. It's true that some AMV creators are terrified of this creating a tag in their work and making it get taken down. But from experience, having a tag on something is usually not why it gets taken down from youtube. I like to make sure that people know whom I’m giving credit to, and I think often, creators respect that I do that.

    The second thing you should do is add these two paragraphs into every video:

    “Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for "fair use" for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use.

    This is a fan made (not for profit) video and the materials in this video are not related in any way to myself or each other outside of it. Please support the artists by purchasing their original works.”
    These are my 3 steps on how to make AMVs and upload them without copyright. I hope you enjoyed it and Goodluck.

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