Are iMovie & iLife sounds okay to use on Youtube Partners Program?

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Are iMovie & iLife sounds okay to use on Youtube Partners Program? gomcoite 12/31/09 1:46 AM
I applied for revenue sharing on one of my videos but got an email from youtube regarding copyrights of the background sound and compilation. I made the movie using iMovie and used the inbuilt effects and sounds.

How do i provide feedback on this?

Video Link :- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-ripxIKhz8

Thnx
Re: Are iMovie & iLife sounds okay to use on Youtube Partners Program? markimatang 12/31/09 2:24 PM
I can answer for GarageBand and I assume it’s the same for the iLife suite. When you purchased the app you also purchased a license to use the sound effects and loops on a royalty free basis to create your own original soundtracks and use them in your videos including for commercial purposes. (The only thing that you can’t do is repackage the effects and loops unaltered for resale.) So you should be OK for revenue sharing. If you muck about on this page http://www.apple.com/legal/sla/ you should be able to find what you need to provide YouTube with the terms of your license.
Re: Are iMovie & iLife sounds okay to use on Youtube Partners Program? rewboss 1/2/10 12:40 PM
You need to check the fine print -- it will be there somewhere, on the packaging, in the Help file, in the End User Licence Agreement (which should be in a text file somewhere in the folder where the application is installed, in case you didn't read it when you installed it) -- somewhere. You need to have permission to use the sound for commercial purposes.

Once you have satisfied yourself that you have permission, you inform YouTube that you used the sound files which were supplied with Apple iMovie and that the software licence allows this for commercial uses.
Re: Are iMovie & iLife sounds okay to use on Youtube Partners Program? studioenoadotcom 1/24/10 7:23 AM
Please tell me what you found out.  We are in the same situation.
Re: Are iMovie & iLife sounds okay to use on Youtube Partners Program? markimatang 1/24/10 10:18 AM
You can find the license in the Software License Agreement that you agreed to (and probably didn’t read) when you checked the I AGREE box. It can also be found here http://images.apple.com/legal/sla/docs/ilife09.pdf paragraph 2 C. I would quote it but I assume that it’s copyrighted. I’ve asked Apple for permission (LOL) but they haven’t answered yet.
Re: Are iMovie & iLife sounds okay to use on Youtube Partners Program? cy9588 5/19/10 2:57 AM
I received the notification from YouTube for two family video clips I made with iMovie'09  because of the sound clips bundled in iMovies. My videos were PERSONAL use and PRIVATE. 

Can anyone tell me how to communicate with YouTube so that I can resolve this issue? According YouTube, only account owner of disabled videos is qualified to submit counter notification. My videos were not disabled but I removed them already until the case is clarified. 

Thanks.
Re: Are iMovie & iLife sounds okay to use on Youtube Partners Program? Videodave2 5/19/10 5:19 AM
>I received the notification from YouTube for two family video clips I made with iMovie'09  because of the sound clips bundled in iMovies. My videos were PERSONAL use and PRIVATE. 

The agreement for use of iLife sounds like your use should have been permitted, and you could have filed a DMCA notice referencing your license. 

> My videos were not disabled but I removed them already until the case is clarified. 

Since you removed the videos, there is now no way to appeal the decision. You will need to post them again, and if you get a notice again, then file the DMCA notice. 

One further note, even if you have designated the videos as private on YouTube, that is irrelevant to copyright issues.
Re: Are iMovie & iLife sounds okay to use on Youtube Partners Program? markimatang 5/19/10 11:41 AM

@ cy9588 - It sounds like your videos were caught by the Content ID system which is notorious for it’s mistakes and the difficulty correcting them. I just went through 7 weeks and 45 posts to define the problem. You could read about it under “Use of Royalty Free Music gets Three Copyright Strikes.” but it’s a waste of time. I’ll just summarize:

When the Content ID “matches” audio or video from a reference file of copyrighted material the system AUTOMATICALLY does what the alleged content owner orders, remove the video, block the sound, allow it to stay but with advertisements, or just sit back and watch. If a mistake is made, and they are frequent, no human reviews it. You can only file a dispute. The instructions can be found by clicking “view copyright info” on you’re my Videos page. After you file a dispute the button will change to “view dispute status” and you will be given a notice that your dispute “is awaiting a response from these content owners.” YouTube is now finished! They will take no more input form you. It is totally up to you to find a way to contact the “content owner”.

The “content owner” may simply ignore your dispute and it will languish forever. (Well in my test case 45 days and counting.)  The “content owner” may claim to have reviewed your video (just claim not actually review) and confirmed their content. YouTube will accept their statement without question. You have no recourse through YouTube. A formal DMCA notice has not been filed so you cannot file a Counter Claim.

So that’s it. It all boils down to this:

If you want to protest an override of your dispute (or even get someone to answer your dispute) you have to find the email address of the claiming company (google it I guess). You must provide them with your video URL. If they don’t agree to release your video you have to go to the company from which you purchased the audio and ask them to argue for you. As far as any help from YouTube it’s YouScrewgled as usual.

 

Good Luck!