Matt, I registered with AdRev about 45 days ago. I uploaded my entire portfolio as well as some tracks I haven’t released on AJ yet, and still no results. How long does it typically take or can I assume my music just isn’t good enough for criminals?
Well, when I first joined up many moons ago, I seem to remember it taking about 4 months or so before I started seeing the first results appear in my dashboard. If that’s changed or not, I’m not sure.
Yes, I totally agree it’s a rotten practice, but more so if we do nothing about it. Once the ad revenue comes in from it, it does tend to smell a little more of roses.
All is not bad of course. Many of the more serious users that wish to start monetizing their own videos and channel soon realise that you need to show YouTube a license to prove commercial use rights before they’re allowed to do so. It’s only then they come to purchase a license from me legitimately – hence my ever growing referral count I have here!
Does this mean that you put the tracks without the AJ watermark on it, so they can actually use it in full length?
Oh these kids rarely use the full length track. They grab sections of audio from wherever, and painstakingly chop it up to remove watermarks, voiceovers, etc, then slap it on their own video. I’ve also heard numerous cases where they recorded my music off their computer with their iPhones, and used that. The end result predictably sounds absolutely terrible.
It’s really quite bizarre some of the lengths these people will go to avoid having to pay for a license.
Whoopsy, wrong account!
I’d like to know how much audiojungle authors are having an AdRev account and how does it work for you?Do you think it can generate a significant income or do you consider it as a pocket money and rather a tool to monitor what people doing with our music on youtube?
It’s working out pretty well for myself at the moment, as I’ve been fortunate enough to have a few unlicensed tracks of mine end up on some very popular videos around YouTube. In exchange for the user illegally using my music on their video, ads will run on their video and as a result, has been providing a fairly decent secondary income for me.
That being said however, this was more through luck that judgement, and the main purpose I had my music tracked on AdRev in the first place was for the very reason you mentioned; to track and monitor unauthorised uses of our music. It’s up to us if we decide to have the video blocked, or contact the user to request that they purchase a license, or to let ads run and claim advertising revenue. It’s nice to have that kind of flexibility I think.
I heard that musicians in Brazil don’t have to pay tax. Can anyone confirm that?
Is this what you’re referring to? If so, it seems like it applies to tax exemption on CDs and DVDs produced by Brazilian musicians, rather than Brazilian musicians not having to pay tax. Maybe I’m wrong on that though!
Damn, I forgot to claim for all the samples and plugins that I bought this year. I guess I still think of this as a hobby most of the time!
You can actually claim for expenses for up to 4 previous years in most cases, so if you’ve still got the receipts, I’d say add them to your books and next self assessment.
It’s actually worth looking into, regardless if you consider it a hobby or not, because as being self employed there’s quite a few ways to keep tax bills to a minimum and not spend more than you need to. For example, I’m actually claiming 25% of the rent on my apartment and utility bills as part of my expenses – 25% being the area proportion of my property I use for music and business work. That all goes towards my claim on expenses.
Admittedly, it’s a bit of a minefield (as tax usually is for us creatives!), but there’s a bit more info on it all here.
I was in exactly the same position when I started out on this RF adventure Gaetano, and I remember it being quite a bitter pill to swallow!
Also, being self employed here in the UK means we’re entitled to various tax allowances and reliefs on our end of year tax bills. This especially applies to expenses related to our work, such as music libraries, plugins, studio equipment, and so on. People who are doing this on the side and not registered as self employed won’t get such allowances and ultimately end up having to fork out quite a bit more!
Thanks for the update Ronja.
Whilst on the subject of the social network links on our profiles, I was wondering if an update to the Google+ icon could be possible?
I know it’s only a small thing, but I do believe the current icon is a little outdated (possibly from around 2012?) and doesn’t fall in line with the Google’s current branding guidelines, as seen below. Hope that feedback helps anyway!