Posts Tagged ‘cdbaby’
JESUS CHRIST Rumblefish are the most annoying company ever if you are a Youtube partner! Basically CDbaby (a company that distribute my music to iTunes and other digital retailers) now offer a service where Rumblefish (a sync licensing company) can claim ad revenue/ royalties whenever your music is used in a video in Youtube. Sounds great right? I mean if anyone uses my songs in their videos I get paid for it. WRONG.
The problem is that they also claim copyright over ALL MY OWN videos. So instead of me earning ad revenue directly as a Youtube Partner, I have no go through a middle-man for no real reason whatsoever. It’s great that they can track other people’s uses of my music – as I can’t claim for that, but it’s completely useless when it comes to my own uses of my music as I don’t need someone else to collect my money for me (and take a cut in the process, and take forever to give me my cash.)
So now I have loads of my own videos with copyright dispute notices on them. This means that it’s preventing me from claiming revenue direct in the meantime. I can dispute the claims, but that seems to be useless, as Rumblefish either ignore the dispute, or release the claim and then make another one again a few days later! CDbaby are supposed to offer an individual opt-out process – meaning that I can opt-out my own videos but still earn revenue from other videos that use my music – but it doesn’t work properly.
To make matters worse, I can’t even opt-out from the whole program! CDbaby say in the FAQ there is a ‘cancellation form’ – but there’s no trace of it whatsoever on their website, and they don’t link to it in the FAQ. How useless is that!?
I’ve emailed CDbaby’s customer support asking to be removed from Rumblefish’s database, but CDbaby typically take ages to reply so in the meantime I’m sat here losing revenue! No doubt when I do get removed from their database I won’t ever see the money they have claimed on my behalf whilst I’ve been registered with them.
Being a self-managed musician is a total nightmare sometimes – I wish I had someone else to do all this stuff for me! Such a headache….
(Disclaimer: if you have no idea what I’m banging on about here, just ignore me )