Saturday, July 17, 2010

YouTube "clarifies" something about Music Publishing Rights, Right?

Sadly, it's still not all that clear. And it seems to reinforce a sense that (generic) music publishing rights collecting societies will try to collect a pound of flesh wherever they can find one undefended.

Then again, we live in a really imperfect world, and the alternative might be worse. Keep telling yourself that and maybe your grandchildren will be the ones who finally have to take the action needed to make copyright law remotely address the realities of current technologies.

in reference to:

"We apologize for the confusion regarding recent claims labeled as "CS." We have now changed "CS" to "Music Publishing Rights Collecting Society" to better describe the nature of the claim. These are claims to musical compositions made on behalf of  Collecting Societies which represent music publishers in certain territories."
- Content owner, who is CS??? - YouTube Help (view on Google Sidewiki)


  1. Well, the same bogus organization claimed copyright on a video i posted tonight; a video of me playing mozart music which is totally public domain! trust me, and rest assured, they are not even real. i immediately filed a dispute and the claim went away. if youre interested, you can read my post about it. be warned, though, it is profanity laced, but well written, i think lol.

  2. @ Julian S - Sorry for my delay in approving your comment. As you may have noted in the comment from YouTube staffers that was quoted, this isn't an actual organization but a reference to a number of different organizations that collect fees (from YouTube, apparently, in the case of these claims) for the benefit of music publishers. In some cases particular arrangements of public domain works may be copyrighted still, but in most cases you can probably succeed in contesting the claims. Good luck!

  3. Check out their Facebook Page -

    "Our mission is to file copyright claims so that ads will be placed onto certain videos, and we will be able to make money off of them. We do not seek to have anyone's videos blocked in certain countries or disabled altogether, all we are trying to do is make a bit of money. That's not so bad, is it?"

    I challenged it. Then again I have permission from the church that I posted a video from that they tried to make a claim on.
    Either way you can challenge it.

    1. @David P - Sorry it took awhile to approve your comment.

      If you check the Facebook page closely, and what YouTube has said about "Music Publishing Rights Collecting Society" as a generic term, I think you'll realize that the Facebook page is an (understandable) spoof born out of frustration with the situation.

      You can definitely challenge the claims though, as long as you have proper grounds for doing so. The false positives are (perhaps unavoidably) high, given the nature of what they're trying to match -- compositions rather than specific recordings.


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