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Making lyrics videos... can they be monetized? My first video was claimed by the owners.

Discussion in 'YouTube' started by leviathan666, Mar 23, 2016.

  1. leviathan666

    leviathan666 Junior Member

    Jul 4, 2010
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    Like the title says. YT says that monetization will go to the claimants.

    Is there a way around that or should I do something else?
  2. kbklash

    kbklash Senior Member

    Jun 2, 2012
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    You need to get permission, and have a copy of that in writing.Youtube may request to see the permission.That's the proper way around.
    Another way around i tried is ,make the actual lyric video on another video site (say vimeo), and then make a video on youtube announcing it and providing a link in the description.
  3. Baraba

    Baraba Regular Member

    Jun 25, 2010
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    Yes, if you say this is a cover song of the original, you can share the revenue with the claimants.
    I tried this once and the earnings were so crap, that you better not even hope to earn something out of it. You will get only 10% of the revenue, the remaining will go to the claimant. Usually the copyright claimants are not the people who any sane person would like to deal with. They can change their terms anytime and claim 100% of the revenue. My song was blocked in several countries, and whatever they can decide in the future, even file DMCA against your video and re-upload it on their own, just to get the remaining 10%. Remember that you will be dealing with greedy copyright holders that will stop at nothing to milk any cent of their content. On the other hand if you have nothing else to do, popular songs may get noticed in the big ocean of YouTube videos that are uploaded every minute, so good luck.