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AlumoAudio says

After that annoyed tweet from buyer I wanter to delete all tracks from there(I ve made only 4 cents in 4 months – its nothing) , I wasn’t able to do that. So be careful with AdRev.

Now imagine if you had unauthorised/ripped music end up on a bunch of videos with over 4 million views each. AdRev would be your best friend, believe me! ;)

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AlumoAudio says

Alumno, can you let us know if there is money to be made with ADREV?

Yep. Most of my earnings are from AdRev.

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AlumoAudio says

@Blue_Atom: Yep, and ‘many’ would be an understatement! Admittedly, the vast majority of these unauthorised uses are from my more popular items, mostly in the upbeat ukulele category. They seem to find themselves on many vlogs, cat videos and so called ‘beauty guru’ vids. But epic cinematic music also seems to be the focus of ‘vid ripping’ and re-uploading too.

@Pavel: We’re now entering a new era in using music on YouTube and something that’s becoming more and more unavoidable.

Before YouTube users can activate any form of monetization on their videos (which most do), YouTube now require all uses of third party material to proved before they will activate it. They have to show their license certificate like it or not.

Just because they purchased a royalty-free license from AJ or wherever, doesn’t mean they are exempt from copyright scrutiny. This has never been the case, and unfortunately a massive misconception when it comes to using RF music on YouTube and the internet.

Sure, there are some buyers that may get upset, and try and put the blame on us composers. The reality is that they are simply unaware of the legalities behind using copyrighted music on the internet and mostly unaware that they have access to a license certificate.

It’s a simple case of explaining the situation and once they use their purchased license certificate to clear any claims, it suddenly becomes apparent to them what they’ve actually purchased and what it’s to be used for. The vast majority of my customers are very aware of this now, and always come back to me for more music. :)

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AlumoAudio says

Ok Thanks. so basically if i upload my stuff to AdRev then anytime someone buys my track and uses it in a video..they will get a third party message?

Yes, exactly. You can put a note on your item page referring them to this knowledgebase article too, just so they know what to do when they see the third party notification appear.

Also, you can refer any customers to here, where they can enter their video link and copy/paste their license certificate.

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AlumoAudio says

So Adrev is only for videos that use our music that’s not on AudioJungle but we dont know about it or people who use our watermarked tracks??

AdRev is for tracking and monetizing unauthorised or uncleared uses of our work on YouTube.

It’s the videomaker’s responsibility to remove any ‘third party claims’ on our music using their purchased license certificate – which is exactly what it’s to be used for.

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AlumoAudio says

Why are we allowed to use it? If im understanding correctly..people who buy our music on AudioJungle are buying royalty free. If they use it in a video and monetize it then how are we allowed to make money of that video? Isn’t that Royalties? Thanks!

AdRev, believe it or not, is short for ‘Advertising Revenue’. That’s a completely different form of income to ‘Royalties’.

Also, if a YouTube user uses our fingerprinted music in their videos and wishes to monetize it, then our own monetization on that video is removed using a purchased license certificate.(ie. we no longer make any revenue on that video).

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AlumoAudio says

Since being on YouTube, I must get several of these kind of requests every month, mostly from non-profits, charities and various religious denominations.

I always find it quite ironic that these groups use financial austerity as their reasoning to acquire ‘free stuff’, yet are putting us composers in that very position. They seem to believe that being a non-profit or individual hobbyist, gives them some kind of entitlement. Music is usually top of the list when it comes to this.

99.9% of the time I’ll reject their requests, and explain to them that regardless of usage, a license is always necessary as it will protect them from copyright infringement and helps to support me as a creator. I think this approach is important, because it educates the public and brings the awareness that even musicians need to earn money to live!

However, being on AdRev, there has been the odd occasion whereby I needed to grant permission, for various reasons. This is the response I usually issue, and they can also use this note to show YouTube that they’ve had permission from you:

Thanks for getting in touch and for considering the use of my music on your video.


I am able to grant permission for you to use my music freely on your YouTube videos, on the condition that any ‘third party content’ match notifications that appear in your Video Manager that feature my music are clicked and ‘Acknowledged’. This will show that you have accepted the terms and conditions for using my material and prevent any copyright strikes from appearing on your channel.

Also, all ‘monetized’ YouTube channels and videos require a purchased license to be shown before they will activate it, so please bear this in mind if you intend on enabling monetization on your videos.

Alongside this, if the video / soundtrack is to be broadcast externally on national/international TV or radio networks, or used within a commercial setting, then an appropriate license must first be purchased via the link in my video descriptions or via the ‘portfolio’ link below. This is to cover you from a legal standpoint and to give you the necessary rights to perform my material in such a manner, as unfortunately just giving writers credits doesn’t cover such usages.

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AlumoAudio says

Right now, the idea of a ‘summer sale’ on individual items would be financial suicide.

Many of us here need all the income we can get during these slower periods, and with the already low priced items, I just couldn’t see it being a viable option to attract more buyers.

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AlumoAudio says

Very, very slow for me right now. And as far as global RF sales go – almost flatlining, and worryingly so.

Global sales down by a whopping 70+% from around this time last year (which even then, I considered to be slow). Sure, we could blame it on the summer, July 4th, weekends and all that jazz, but I don’t know. This year, something’s up, with the other RF sites seemingly appearing to struggle. Just reading some of their forums demonstrates this.

On a positive note however, AJ is the only site that seems to consistently attract buyers and sales during these sluggish periods, even though they may be lower than usual.

If my stats continue in this fashion and things don’t pick up to what they were, the temptation to ditch all the other sites, slip on my (non existent) Envato tshirt and revert my entire AJ portfolio to exclusive status will definitely be on the cards, that’s for sure! ;)

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AlumoAudio says

I know that i forgot to monetize one of Youtube videos promoting a song from my portfolio and when i tried it said i was using third party content from AdRev…..and i had no idea what was going on. Does it also happen that if you forget to monetize a vid and someone buys your track here and uses it then you cant monetize it ever?

Ok, so ContentID is a digital fingerprinting technology that YouTube uses to scan and match all uploaded media, such as music and video footage (as explained in this vid). In order to get your music into the system and tracked by ContentID in the first place, it needs to be manually uploaded to the system via one of the many portals such as AdRev, ONErpm, TuneCore (the list goes on).

Unless you’ve manually submitted your own music to AdRev to have your music tracked and monetized and you have full access to the administration, then it indeed looks like one of your digital distributors (maybe Routenote) have submitted this to AdRev themselves as part of their distribution I spoke about earlier. They’ll also take some, if not all the monetization revenue from this too, which you may or may not be entitled to.

You’ll have to check with your distributors to find out which company uploaded your music to have it tracked, as they’re the ones currently receiving the revenue on that, as each company has it’s own policies, and terms of agreement.

It’s a pretty awkward situation to have your music being monetized on YouTube by someone else, without you even being aware if it. It’s actually a pretty big problem we’re facing at the moment on YouTube. These days it’s happening quite often I’m afraid to say, with people abusing the system and attempting to upload single guitar chords and even a JFK speech, and claiming it as their own to monetize! Madness, but I digress.

Regarding the monetizaion of customer videos, as long as the user has a License Certificate from you (via the ‘downloads’ section in their Envato/AJ account), they can use it to clear claims and activate monetization on their videos via a ‘matched third party content’ link next to their uploaded video, and clicking ‘Dispute’. But do be aware that sometimes, the distributors make it very difficult and reapply the ‘third party claims’, as they want the ad revenue, especially if it’s a very popular video! Hope that explains it anyway.

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