Artists and gamers have taken issue with TuneCore and INDmusic over the companies' recent efforts to claim YouTube videos that contain copyrighted music.
The eruption of complaints on Twitter, Reddit and elsewhere this week gives a glimpse of how the complex and awkward nature of managing music rights on YouTube is playing out as songwriters and labels rush to claim as many user-generated videos as they can in order to begin collecting advertising money from the giant video platform. Their collective efforts have led to a recent flurry of videos being flagged as having a copyright claim -- and catching many YouTubers and composers such as Gavin Dunne by surprise.
Dunne, who writes game music, told The Escapist that his YouTube channel was "riddled with third party claims from INDmusic -- the irony being they were being claimed on my behalf for using my own songs which I wrote and performed." Dunne said the company was claiming 20% of his videos' advertising revenue "without my consent."