Partners In Rhyme and many other royalty free music libraries have been having a lot of problems recently with a situation created by Audiosparx (a royalty free music library) and GoDigital Media Group (monetizes media used in youtube and elsewhere).
Sometime last year GoDigital offered Audiosparx the chance to join their Adshare program. The Adshare program utilizes YouTube’s Audio Match ID feature to monetize any video that has music that matches the audio in GoDigital’s database.
Audiosparx joined the program and submitted 15,000 royalty free music tracks to the GoDigital database. Again, these are royalty free music tracks and Audiosparx and GoDigital were wanting to earn “royalties” off of this music (I still don’t understand the logic behind this at all).
The main problem with this though is that this same music is also being distributed by many other royalty free music libraries throughout the internet and Audiosparx does not have an exclusive agreement with any of the composers involved so when Audiosparx does something with the content that is owned by these composers their actions end up effecting the business and reputations of other royalty free music companies.
So, in October, Partners In Rhyme and other music libraries started receiving customer complaints that videos that included legally purchased music were being tagged in their YouTube account as possibly containing copyrighted material owned by GoDigital Media. The videos would then be monetized by GoDigital with Adsense ads and the owner of the video would be denied the right to monetize the videos themselves with their own ads.
Partners In Rhyme had to hire lawyers and send a registered letter simply to find out what was going on but we were finally told that Audiosparx had submitted this music into the GoDigital database.
We checked with our composers who also had material in the Audiosparx library and they had never heard of GoDigital and had no idea their music had been placed into this system and they confirmed that they had not given expressed permission to have their music placed in the GoDigital system.
We made GoDigital and Audiosparx aware of the mistake they had made and Audiosparx apologized and withdrew from the Adshare program.
GoDigital however still has much of the content in their system and is still earning revenue off of content that they have no permission to have in their database.
They say they are trying to remove the content but it is somehow YouTube’s fault now and they are not able to delete the content from their end for some reason.
I am simply posting this explanation so our customers are aware that the problem is being dealt with and to contact Partners In Rhyme (or any other music library that you have purchased royalty free music from) to get GoDigital’s false ownership notices removed from your YouTube videos should they appear.
Found this page today offering 93 free music clips available for use in podcasts (and I imagine other non-broadcast type uses) on the Indiana University website.
The quality of the clips is questionable, very Garageband sounding, but there are quite few gems in there if you look hard enough
Download 93 Free Music Clips for Podcasts
Some of the tracks I like are the Indian flavored ones like this;
Some of the funky guitar tracks are interesting as well;
I found another pretty cool site with free royalty free music clips today.
It is run by musical composer/enthusiast and experimentalist Vlad Rebek and he is offering a collection of his tracks for “joy or for profit, or both”.
You can take a look at his complete terms here
And you can preview and download his music starting here by click on the categories in the left hand menu.
And don’t forget to check out the free royalty free music clips at Partners In Rhyme if you haven’t done so already.
I just want to notify our customers and composers that the GoDigital problem that we took care of with Audiosparx.com (monetizing Youtube videos that contain music legally licensed from Partners In Rhyme) is happening once again with another royalty free music library, this time it is Audiomicro.com.
The problem appears to be effecting us to a much lesser extent than the Audiosparx.com problem but still we currently have about 7 loyal clients that Audiomicro’s actions have impacted very negatively. We are sending the customer complaints to our lawyers so that he can put together a case of “Tortious Interference with Business Relations”.
Partners In Rhyme is very tired of dealing with the customer problems caused by GoDigital Media and the chasing down of Youtube videos to remove false GoDigital claims so we are now blocking all composers who have their music in the Audiomicro.com catalog from any further sales or access to their PIR or musicloops accounts.
We are also no longer accepting any composer submissions from composers who have or have had music entered into the Audiomicro.com database.
It is regretful that GoDigital is promoting the Youtube contentID system as a royalty payment system to royalty free music libraries when it is only a system to monetize *illegal* uses of music, not legal ones.
I deeply apologize to the percentage of our loyal Youtube customers who have come to rely on our music catalog to use in their business promotions and projects but the actions of other companies are completely out of our control.
Also, please rest assured that you do have the legal right to use the music you purchased from Partners In Rhyme and we will do everything we can for our customers that have Youtube videos being illegally monetized by GoDigital to get their false claims removed as quickly as possible.
Partners In Rhyme
We created these ringtones specifically for our iPhones so that we could have something other than the stock ringtones or the latest iTunes hip hop track blaring out of our iPhones when someone calls us.
To be honest we tried to figure out how to sell these ringtones to iPhone users but it is just too much of a hassle and we’re busy with lots of other stuff so we thought we’d give them away.
No strings attached.
A collection of 200 unique, different, hip and cool iPhone ringtones for you to drop right into the ringtone area of your iTunes program and then synch up your iPhone to load them in.
Once your iPhone is synched up go to settings and choose a new ringtone.
There’s something for everybody here to check it out.
200 Free iPhone RIngtones.zip 13megs