Many violinists upload our own recordings of works that are in the public domain to youtube. Often we receive copyright notices due to "playmatches" the computers find between passages of one recording and another. Youtube then allows us to file a "dispute" with the "copyright holder" - usually a commercial recording that has monetized their video. Typically the "copyright holder" will release their "claim" to the new video, recognizing that while their recording is copyrighted, the composition itself is in the public domain and thus not copyrighted.
I've had this experience several times; however, my experience with one particular Bach video has been less pleasant. I recently sound-recorded the entire Bach Sonatas and Partias (www.claudiaschaer.bandcamp.com), and have a video of the entire D minor Partia from a performance in Denmark on youtube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3EZVR9NaHg which has over 12000 views. That particular video had a playmatch with three other recordings. Two released their claim as soon as I disputed it, but the last one, Perlman's recording of the Allemande with Warner Group, upheld their claim. I presume that they are just too busy to respond to millions of playmatches, and so expect people like me to take the next step and appeal before they take the time to release their claim.
I have now appealed and am awaiting the outcome, but I will say that the appeal process is somewhat frightening: youtube warns me that if the claim is upheld again, my video can get taken down and I can get a strike on my account. Further, I need to provide my full name and address to youtube and to the claimant. I actually delayed appealing for a while - what guarantee to I have that WG won't uphold their claim again? - and in this time, any clicks that I received on ads on my video, would bring in money for them. You can see the dialogues' screenshots here:
I would like to know what the best strategy is for dealing with youtube in situations like these. How can I state from the outset that my "song" is in the public domain, and that no-one can put a claim on my recording of it? Or further, to copyright my recording, as the other claimants have done? (On a side note, I copyrighted my CD under creative commons, which is a little different and perhaps a little more nuanced/progressive.)
Works that are not yet in the public domain everywhere (eg. Prokofiev, Kreisler) present another issue - they are often claimed by "One or more music publishing rights collecting societies," although youtube does not list the names of these societies. It would be helpful to have a "guide to publishing your video on youtube" for classical musicians to navigate these issues!
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