I have just about wrapped up my soundtrack work on There Came an Echo and have recently moved on to RJCD4 work (RJCD4 = 50% TCAE soundtrack + 50% newbbbeats2014!). Hope to post some legit music updates very soon. I have about 20 tunes I'm sorting through, picking out album material and just playing around.Here's a fun animation using one of my tunes for TCAE:
Now for the not-so-fun stuff.. If you want to read about the situation with copyright claims being placed on videos with my music and what I'm doing about it (please read if you have a YouTube license with me), click below to read more:
Updated on 1/31/2014:
If you use my music on your YouTube and noticed a copyright claim recently, that’s because I was automatically put in a program to monetize videos that use my music (it's not a strike against your account, they're just trying to make money). It was a massive rollout by YouTube and other parties. It’s a mess right now for a lot of people, and I’ve personally been trying to get out of it for several days.
What you need to do if you have purchased a license from me is dispute the claim and show them your license when they request that. What I don’t like is it puts the burden of disputing claims on people that have the right to use certain tunes, and that’s the main reason I’m getting out for now, not to mention the fact I wasn't given a choice. YouTube needs a whitelist feature that the artist or publisher has direct control over. I do think music adds value to video, and I might subscribe to a service like this when it’s fair to the artists and YouTube users (Audiam, for example, allows artists to pay people to use their music! That's brilliant, and a nice thing to do..). For now, thanks for your patience on that. It'll clear up soon.
1/8/2014 update: Took me two weeks to determine I couldn't get out of the YouTube program unless I ended my publishing agreement. I initiated that last week and I'm still waiting to hear back.
1/9/2014 long update: Today, I took down my YouTube licensing page until TuneCore lets me out of their publishing program. I was informed that they will not honor any YouTube license from my store from as far back as May 1, 2013 (my signup date w/ TuneCore Publishing). In December of 2013, they slipped in the new YouTube copyright stuff into the contract and they're backdating it to my signup date. At this point, in my emails with TuneCore reps, they are politely referring to their policy and not taking anything else into consideration. TuneCore hasn't answered any of my emails about making an exception, even considering I'm on my way out of the program. This means that some of you with a valid YouTube license (from May 1, 2013 on) might still be getting copyright notices until someone in their office processes my termination. Today, 13 days after I requested out, I was told that they will be sending me confirmation of my termination request in a few days. I replied and asked if we could go ahead and stop the YouTube claims but didn't hear back.
1/16/2014 update: My "termination confirmation" came and it was TuneCore informing me that I'll be released from their deal in September of 2014. I have emailed them four days in a row, kindly asking for clarification on when the YouTube claims will stop. At this point, they're not answering any of my questions. They must be terribly busy, but I'm continuing to try to work this out.
1/31/2014 update: I have resolved all of the copyright claim stuff. If your videos were affected, INDMUSIC should slowly be withdrawing the claims, but I'd say give this a bit of time as I'm sure it's quite a process. At least it's in motion, or will be early next week. Whew.