Youtube offers a service called Content ID (  Vigilant content
providers pay to have their copyrighted materials identified and protected
more vigorously than the average content is handled.  All content is not
treated equally.  Here's a guide to youtube's possible reactions:

Think your use falls under fair use protection?  You can dispute the
I've had a couple of videos that have received take down notices or had
their soundtrack muted restored after making a claim.

Copyright and Fair Use laws do need to be revisited in light of current
tech tools.  A great resource for current law and precedent is Renee Hobbs
text *Copyright Clarity*.  Well worth reading!


On Wed, Jun 18, 2014 at 10:14 AM, Eric Hall <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Trying not to thread-jack, but hopefully relevant... has anyone else had
> the experience of audio track being muted on a student project uploaded to
> YouTube? In our case these are "multimedia mashups" that may include short
> sections of popular music... although we use the 30 sec criteria, I have
> seen some audio tracks removed while others with copyrighted music are not.
> Does anyone know what criteria YouTube is using? Are there specific
> companies that have registered their content, and some have not? It's hard
> to tell why certain pieces have been muted and some have not.
> *Eric Hall*
> *Technology Integration Specialist*
> *Mount Mansfield Union High School*
> *Chittenden East SU*
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> significant number of electrons were inconvenienced.*
> On Wed, Jun 18, 2014 at 6:46 AM, Carole Renca <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> I have tried to get permission or to offer payment to use popular
>> songs/music for education or by our school chorus  (songs that will be part
>> of a video and uploaded to the net) and you are correct. is
>> to impossible to get permission.  This is because so many
>> famous people own the rights to popular songs. There are often multiple
>> companies that have to be contacted from all different parts of the country
>> and the larger companies do not post contact phone information.  They do
>> not answer emails. There are middle organizations that you'd think could
>> handle this for you...but when I finally contacted some of them they told
>> me I that they don't handle music use for education and to contact the
>> companies directly.
>> I learned that, as a librarian,  I no longer recommend to students to get
>> permission to use popular songs for uploaded student created or chorus
>> video. I tell them that it is much easier to create their own music or use
>> copyright free content for when uploading it to the Internet.
>> Carole
>> On Jun 17, 2014 9:51 PM, "[log in to unmask]" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>> Hi All,
>>> "Matched Third Party Content"    I ran across this a week or so ago in
>>> my youtube account and am curious about group thoughts.
>>> Song ":Let it Go" by Kindergartner and our Music Teacher.   Before we
>>> start, This song is basically a cover.   Nothing from an original
>>> recording/mp3. and yet youtube was still able to match for third party
>>> content, both impressive and scary.
>>> It's use can be considered educational, but it still bugs me that it was
>>> tagged.  And, no, we didn't pay for performance rights.
>>> Have you ever tried to get the rights to cover a popular song and post
>>> it?   I have, several times,  It's next to impossible. and when it is
>>> possible, you can't afford it.
>>> And lets be really honest....Most of our kids are not running up to us
>>> waving their hands wildly and saying  Mr. M   I REALLY WANT TO DO A COVER
>>> ON THIS COOL SONG I FOUND ON CREATIVE COMMONS.    They want to use their
>>> music... the stuff they know.
>>> When we post popular music, we usually use a mash up or modify the song.
>>>   We also make it unlisted, so you can't find it unless you have a link.
>>> Curious as to what you do?
>>> Thanks,
>>> Jon
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