I see a lot of people asking about DMCA and what music sources they can safely use on their live streams. This article will talk you through the ins and outs of DMCA and also show you some great sources of music that you can use today.
What is DMCA?
The short answer is DMCA stands for Digital Millennium Copy Right Act 1988 that contains two 1996 treaties of the World Intellectual Property Organisation. And that in a nutshell is a law to stop people breaking copyright on your digital music.
If you wish to find out more you can read the more detailed and rather dry description in Wikipedia by clicking here.
Copyright V’s Royalty Free
Copyright is the exclusive right which is granted to the author for the original work. A royalty, on the other hand, is the payment provided for the exploitation and use of the copyrighted work and the right of the author to claim such payment from third parties against exploitation of copyrighted work is the Royalty right.
It is best to check before using any kind of media. Unless you use specific services which I use below this can be a jargon nightmare.
Terms And Conditions
Many streaming websites do have the laws laid out simply for DMCA, it is in your own best interest to make sure you read them. Even though most Streaming companies will not delete your account for breaching DMCA they will mute or make your offending video private so it cannot be played.
You can check out the terms of your streaming platforms by clicking the following links:
Looking at the terms for these websites shows that there is a standard between each platform with regards to copyright law and DMCA.
How Do They Know?
Again another good question, from what I have seen on all of these platforms the DMCA rules are applied automatically. There are large databases like Audible Magic, these services automatically scan content and implement the DMCA take downs.
So the majority of the work is automated, but it does seem that when you dispute a claim it is dealt with by a human, because in all cases it takes an age to get the dispute actioned.
I use several sources of music for my streams. Some you do need to buy licences for or you need to leave an attribution link.
This link can be simply a link to their website or the name of the artist and track. Some services automatically put this into you chat in some cases. But it is wise to take a good read of the services terms and conditions before using any music from these sources.
Pretzel Rocks – very wide range of music, free with attribution and paid licenses available.
MonsterCat – A super source and available again with license and free with attribution.
Bass Rebels – Totally free but attribution is needed.
Licenses to remove the need to attribute for Pretzel and Monstercat start from £5 / $5 per month respectively.
If you are unsure of the copyright status of a piece of music it’s best to not use it. Many services are now stopping integrations with some music playing services so you cannot play licensed music.
Using music services like the ones I have mentioned will reduce the amount of claims you have to make from DMCA take downs.
Do you have some excellent music sources or have a DMCA take down story to tell? Why not share in the comments section below.