Just a quick update on my experience of these changes to the search engine:
- 11 days since I sold my track Digital Distortion. This is a collaboration with my friend nemanja_reMAKE who has also complained about a 60% drop in sales
- It’s been 8 days since I’ve had a sale according to my dashboard, the longest stretch for almost two years
- My sales have gone from 53 Sales (Nov 2013) to 39 Sales (Dec 2013) to 28 Sales (Jan 2014) to 25 Sales (Feb 2014)
Hope that information is of use and you can help me diagnose / remedy my steady drop in sales.
Erm, is my account blocked or something Envato? This is becoming a bit of a joke now, almost 9 days without a sale…
Well done Gari! Hope the sales come flooding in during the next year or two.
“Your last sale was 5 days ago”. Absolutely pants, although it’s good to see things are picking back up for most people, gives me hope for the future.
Thanks Alumo, those figures definitely illustrate the problem here. I can understand peoples’ concerns with ContentID, particularly YouTube users who have channels that review games / videos / music etc as their videos get flagged automatically despite them legitimately using 15s clips of media under the fair use act. That certainly needs to be sorted out, however, this is the first encarnation of ContentID that will no doubt improve. We’re at a point where we can finally receive reports like on TuneSat for our music for free and earn from it, albeit only on YouTube at this point.
Don’t for one second think that all the famous artists don’t have their music registered with ContentID – do you think Beyoncé is fine with the mass downloading of her music from all those albums uploaded onto YouTube? Admittedly, it’s different for RF music because we’re selling a license meaning there is a legitimate use. But what AdRev is doing is asking legitimate users to show it. I don’t see the problem with that if the process is as easy as filling in a short form, it’s like someone asking to see your cinema ticket before going to see a film or registering software before use.
Gari – while it’s true some libraries don’t let you submit your music if you have it in ContentID, I think you’ll see a lot of libraries change their mind as everybody starts to use the sort of technology to monitor and protect their tracks. And if you are exclusive, it doesn’t mean you can’t submit to other libraries that don’t allow ContentID, you just have to make sure it’s not the same music (which it wouldn’t be anyway if you’re exclusive).
I’m seriously considering about jumping in on the AdRev bandwagon. This seems to me lika a viable option to have my tracks copyright protected against copyright trolls (which I am victim of for one of my tracks from here). Does anyone maybe know how can I reclaim my copyright after someone illegally claimed it on ContentID?
Dejans, as much as there is antagonism against systems like AdRev (even from composers who complain of their music being used illegally!), I think they are our best option currently to protect our music on YouTube at least.
Even if it is only on YouTube at this point in time, I think it’s a step in the right direction in educating people that not everything on the Internet is intended to be free. I believe it will become standard practice for all libraries and composers to have their tracks in a database (including all PRO registered tracks) that is checked against for illegal use in future. AdRev is the first of these companies and taking a lot of the brunt of criticism as a result.
Anyway, to answer your question, I would contact AdRev directly and say you’re interested in getting involved, but someone else has illegally registered your track(s) in ContentID. They should be able to sort it out and transfer the rights to you.