01. Why do I receive a message like this from YouTube?
Your video apparently contains audio content for which REBEAT Digital owns the digital distribution rights. These rights authorize REBEAT to sell the music on shops like iTunes, Amazon and others. Because REBEAT Digital is a contractual partner of YouTube, the music is also distributed to their service. YouTube scans their video catalogue for the music and sends a message out to those who uploaded a video which includes audio content to which REBEAT Digital owns the distribution rights.
02. What do I do if I received the above notification from YouTube?
You don't have to do anything—the YouTube message is for your information only. Neither does it mean that your video will be blocked, nor is it a thread of any legal action. And it certainly does not mean that you lose or surrender your copyright if you are the copyright holder of the audio content in question.
03. What happens to my YouTube video?
Once YouTube recognizes that your video contains music for which REBEAT Digital holds the digital distribution rights they will display advertisements in or around the video clip under certain conditions.
04. I am a client of REBEAT Digital and distribute my music through their service. What does the YouTube notification mean for me?
As a customer of REBEAT Digital you have granted the digital distribution rights for your audio content to REBEAT. Because YouTube is a contractual partner to REBEAT Digital your music is also distributed to YouTube.
05. Is there an advantage in making my music available on YouTube?
Yes. YouTube has become the biggest "radio station" in the world. YouTube's business model is based on the display of advertisement in or around video clips. A share of the resulting advertisement revenues will be paid out to customers of REBEAT Digital.
06. I am not a customer of REBEAT Digital—why do I still receive this notification from YouTube?
There are several possibilities for this:
- a) Are you an artist signed up with a record label? Then it might be possible that your record label uses REBEAT Digital to distribute your music. In this case please contact your record label directly.
- b) You have uploaded a video containing music without having a direct connection to the rights holder? It might be possible that you have used the music without express permission of the rights owner (e.g. musician, band, record label). In this case there is no need for action or cause for concern. However, it is up to the rights holder of the audio content to decide about the further usage of their music in YouTube videos. This decision may affect the availability of your video.
- c) You have the express permission by the owner of the digital distribution rights to use their audio content in your YouTube video? In this case please forward a document of confirmation to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- d) Does the music in our YouTube video contain audio samples which are publicly available (e.g. Sample-Libraries, Apple Loops, etc.)? Then it might be possible that the same audio samples have also been used in the music of a REBEAT Digital customer. In this case please send an email with a list of the actual samples used to email@example.com.
- e) None of the above mentioned options applies to our case? Are you sure? If so, please send an email with a link to the video and a brief description of the case to firstname.lastname@example.org.
7. Is it possible that my video will be banned from YouTube?
See question 6 b).
8. My video is not available anymore. Why?
In this case it is likely that your YouTube video contains unlicensed audio content. The rights holder, which is a customer of REBEAT Digital, has banned further use of their music in YouTube videos. In future videos please be careful to only use audio content for which you have cleared all necessary rights.
More information concerning the cooperation between REBEAT and YouTube can be found here.