Youtube demonetizing composer channels

Discussion in 'Working in the Industry' started by Greg, Mar 9, 2019.

  1. Greg

    Greg Senior Member

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    Warning you guys, if you post your music on youtube do NOT use a static image in the background. You must start uploading unique visual content as well due to the new guidelines.

    I have been posting my original music there for 8 years and today they removed the channel from the partner program completely because they don't feel that the content is original and claim it is "reused"

    https://www.youtube.com/user/thesecession

    I believe that youtube doesn't want to monetize music at all unless there is an engaging visual component. Advertisers are likely not happy to have visual ads on videos that users are just listening to and not even looking at. Or putting on to play in the background.
     
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  2. Nils Neumann

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    Seems more like you don't have the rights to the pictures you used?
     
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    The consequence of their new « Youtube Music » ...
     
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    Greg Senior Member

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    Could be for a handful of videos, but other composers have had the same issue with just posting their album cover art
     
  5. dzilizzi

    dzilizzi I know nothing

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    So, a slideshow of images would be better? I’m an amateur photographer, so I have lots of pictures I could put up. All mine. No stock photos.

    Will YouTube allow the same slideshow with different music? Or is that maybe why the album covers don’t work - same picture for multiple videos?
     
  6. MrLinssi

    MrLinssi A glorified bedroom musician.

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    Soundcloud's quality is terrible and now it seems that I have to make a darned video for every song to keep Youtube's overlords happy. Can't have nice things anymore...
     
  7. ein fisch

    ein fisch Dreamer

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    Would it be ok to just use a .gif?
     
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    Wait, so is it that they remove:
    1. All vids with static background?
    2. Vids with static background where the image isn't considered original content i.e. reused but still yours
    3. Vids where the static background image is someone elses but free to use under creative commons
    4. Vids where you use a copyright protected image

    #4 is and should be the case, but what about 2 and 3? If I have my own photo but have used it elsewhere. Or is it really as bad as #1?
     
  9. poetd

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    They're not removing them so much as demonetizing them.
    It's not just composers this is happening to, it's across the entire youtube content creator spectrum.

    To keep earning from youtube uploads you need to meet an ever growing list of requirements:
    More original video content.
    More regular uploads.
    More frequent uploads.
    More subscribers.
    etc etc

    Youtube creators have been complaining about this for quite some time now.
    You can still upload your video, but won't earn from it unless you meet all their requirements.
     
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  10. Desire Inspires

    Desire Inspires To the stars through desire....

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    That sounds fair.

    Some videos will be made for making money and others will be made for recreation.

    We have to remember that YouTube is owned by Google, who is a part of Alphabet. This company is here to make money.

    You still get to upload videos to their servers for free. If you cannot monetize your videos, it is no big deal. You still get to share your art with the world for free.
     
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  11. poetd

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    Perhaps.

    But also a sad indictment on the world in some ways when a child doing no more than unwrapping toys becomes a millionaire via youtube videos when a composer who's sweated over a work of art for weeks/months even more can't make a penny from it.
     
  12. Desire Inspires

    Desire Inspires To the stars through desire....

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    Why you hatin' bro? LMFAO!!

    1.7 billion views later....

     
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    Sorry guys I have no idea what we're supposed to do now, aside from well produced music videos with some sort of video content along with our original composition. Two steps from hell does the same thing, repetitive video content (just album art) but obviously the music is incredible and has added an insane amount of value to youtube not only from their channel but the thousands of people using their music in their videos.

    https://www.youtube.com/user/TwoStepsFromTheMusic

    I understand youtube can do whatever the hell they want with the platform but the instant demonetization with zero warning, zero evidence, and the generic template response is just an insane way to treat your content creators. The email gave no specifics about my channel, just some template garbage about "reused content"
     
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    Greg Senior Member

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    I mean that is one of the less crazy examples. They still allow monetization on softcore porn of girls of questionable ages trying on underwear. Twitch streamers using text to speech in public harassing people and spewing racial slurs. Prank channels harassing random strangers. Countless videos of people being illegally recorded and monetized without their knowledge. Someday there will be a controversy that advertisers can't brush off their shoulders and pretend to be oooh sooo concerned about for a whole 7 days, then back to business as usual.
     
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  15. gregh

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    giving away your labour for free to someone else for them to make money out of is being a sucker. If you spent the time and effort it takes to make a piece for youtube ( and associated follow up) getting out and meeting real physical people you would be healthier, happier and with no less money.

    We have all been played.
     
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  16. AllanH

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    This is really disappointing and certainly raises the bar so high that few will ever pass it. Just looking at Secession Studios' channel, you have 236k subscribers. If that is not enough combined with all the music, Youtube must intend to demonetize all but the very big channels. That impossible to overcome.

    I wonder what it does to the Content ID protection? I can see why Google if fighting the latest ruling at U.S. Copyright Royalty Board that went in the favor of composers.

    Thanks for bringing this issue forward.

    BTW - @Greg - I like your music and videos :)
     
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    Greg Senior Member

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    Hey thanks so much! I don't think it has any effect on content ID. I believe I could even put claims on my own videos to monetize that way. The payout would be less than half of what I was bringing in the the channel though. Content ID pays the lowest royalty rate of any online service by far. But thats totally fair, adsense only makes google about 25 billion a year in profit :)
     
  18. rgames

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    I've seen this debate elsewhere and I don't understand the concern. People who make legitimate money from YouTube don't get it from advertising - they get it from sponsorships or driving sales to their merch or Amazon links. I bet that 100% of TSFH's YouTube ad revenue could go away and it would have near-zero effect on their viability as a business.

    Even if YouTube demonitizes all your videos it is still there to provide a free platform where you can drive people to your merch (isn't it?). Alternatively you can pay someone for that service - it's not as though we have some basic right to have YouTube promote our music.

    rgames
     
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  19. Desire Inspires

    Desire Inspires To the stars through desire....

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    My channel was bringing in $2k a month. Almost double my streaming and album sales. It's not really a debate, just warning other composers that put a lot of effort into youtube.
     

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