Friday, April 6, 2012

Simple Living Bird Songs and Binaural Beats

Rumblefish drops false copyright claim against Karmic Beats' "Kidney Stone I" binaural beats video.

In a previous post I detailed how my binaural beat video that was made by me with Gnaural and ChaosPro was falsely flagged as copyrighten content owned by Rumblefish. Whereas I am the creator and rightful owner of the content.

Rumblefish has wild salad me. Simple Living and Another False claim of ownership: Or, should birds have copyright on bird songs?

I disputed the claim using YouTube's dispute form and I emailed Rumblefish directly at

Rumblefish sent me the following email:

Information about your video "Kidney Stones I - (Binaural, Isochronic beats for kidney disorders) - Karmic Beats"

Youtube's content ID system flagged the video and brought it to our attention. We reviewed the claim and released it today. Sorry for the inconvenience. 

Thanks, Forest

Forest Gallien Catalog Representative 
I thank Rumblefish for acting quickly and correctly on this one.

There has been no offer to pay me what they collected for the ads run against my content. I admit such revenues for the short time and small number of views would only add up to a fraction of a penny.

I ask the question how many fractions of a penny does Rumblefish get every year from falsely flagged videos?

I still believe that Rumblefish's past actions are suspect.

I think companies like rumblefish should not be allowed to run ads against content or cause content to be taken down until the uploader has a chance to dispute the claim. And, if the content is to be taken down only the content in question should be taken down!

I believe we need to keep the pressure on Rumblefish and Youtube if we want small content providers to be able to publish their work online.

Artists, musicians, painters, fractal artists, and other content creator as well as their fans are affected by this.

Content providers cannot be intimidated out of posting their work. Who is going to do all the work to create content if false claims are going to steal their revenues away or take down their content, and in some cases all content, not just the content in question?

Abusive Copyright Claims On The Rise

In the following quote from a Wired magazine article Rogues Falsely Claim Copyright on YouTube Videos to Hijack Ad Dollars We can see that the problem of abusive copyright claims is increasing.

Patrick McKay, a Regent University School of Law student in Virginia, said he has been victimized by the filters. He even started his own website about it called to inform YouTube users how to fight the claims.

“More and more,” he said in a telephone interview, “I’m seeing issues with people making original content, and it gets claimed by some random obscure company, using Content ID, and saying they own the copyright.”

And from Copyright Kings Are Judge, Jury and Executioner on YouTube

..there has been a dramatic rise in Content ID abuse in the past couple of years, wielded in ways never intended. Scammers are using Content ID to steal ad revenue from YouTube video creators en masse, with some companies claiming content they don’t own deliberately or not.

The problem has been going on for a few years at least and threatens not only the content in question but all of the content creators content. YouTube suspends thousands of accounts

The horror stories continue.

YouTube Taking Down Public Domain Works?
...reader Stephen Pate sent over his own story of having his entire YouTube account suspended.

The internet is filled with stories of abusive copyright claims. It is time for people to stand up and fight. Do not purchase products from companies that let their ads be run by companies that engage in abusive copyright claims.

Do not listen to or buy music from the artists represented by companies that engage in abusive copyright claims. What self respecting artist would want to have such a company representing their interests?

Content providers should start looking into alternatives to YouTube and start uploading to them. Content providers do not need to stop uploading to YouTube. Just start uploading your content to YouTube competitors. Right now there is not much out there but if content providers upload their content to other sites in addition to YouTube, in time we could have a good solid competitor for YouTube. Such competition could go a long way toward stopping abusive copyright claims.

Please post comments if you know of any YouTube alternatives.

I am glad in my case the issue was settled in my favor within a day.

However I am worried about next time. Could I loose all my online content next time?


  1. I agree Rumblefish sucks!

  2. dont worry there wont be a next time you have exposed a flaw in the way they deal with these situations.. embarrassed about what they have done naturally had to threaten you again.. people are already starting to realise what they are doing to us so their reputation will worsen as the voices get louder unless we are given the freedom and respect we deserve..
    to get a fair treatment.. its obvious administration don't want certain people having access to certain information as iv been half way through watching things and the user takes the video down..
    when its obvious they have done nothing evil like stealing ownership of anothers work and make money from it makes obvious to us the crupt nature behind these acts..

    please keep on the good work making art that can heal those that seek it..

    1. Thank you for the positive encouragement. I think exposure of these companies and letting the musicians they represent know what kind of company represents their copyright interests is what is needed to put these companies out of business and/or get them to start dealing legitimately.