Ever put up a video on YouTube and find that your favorite Madonna song (which fit so perfectly with the content of your short film project) had been taken down by the site because of copyright infringement? Of course you have. If not, at least as a viewer, you’ve probably seen that annoying, red rectangular ‘frown’ face (see below.)
Anyway, it’s not cool for up loaders nor spectators; but we understand why it has to go that way. Though on Wednesday, some folks over at YouTube have announced their plan to help circumvent this unfavorable situation. And it’s by rolling out a clever library of fair-use audio recordings and songs.
That’s right. Protect yourself and your precious clips by instead setting them to a song from the YouTube Audio Library. Offering 150 fair-use songs at 320kbps, the service has setup selectable material into categories: Featured, Genre, Mood, Instrument, Duration and Favorites.
The songs were created with interested musicians in controlled mobile sound lab across the states, including musicians such as “an acquaintance down in LA, music houses across the country and a well-known producer in Brooklyn.” (A Brooklyn-based producer who allegedly worked with Phish and Sean Lennon. Should that entice us more? Maybe some of us, I suppose.)
YouTube’s Audio Library will continue growing accordingly. As always, the company is super-excited for feedback and provide a form for interested musicians to fill out before submitting/recording tunes.
I listened to a few of the tracks and overall, I have to say; they’re not entirely terrible. Generic, but not terrible. For some reason, all stock images look the same to me and so does all piped music. But what the hey — nice job team YouTube.