Congratulations, you have a hit! The song you released into the wilds of the internet benefited from your promotional strategies. It’s getting reposts on SoundCloud and making its way on to Spotify playlists. There’s one problem, though. You noticed your song on YouTube, where it was uploaded by an unauthorized account. What do you do?
“It’s really incumbent on every artist to figure out how they’re going to protect their works,” says attorney W. Joseph Anderson of Manatt, Phelps and Phillips. According to Anderson, you should have an idea of how you want to respond. Do you want to stop the usage of your song or grant permission? Moreover, he says, “If they want to grant permission now, how do they want to grant that permission?”
Fortunately, Repost Network has a content ID feature that can help you in that regard. According to Anderson, content protection is an area that benefits from a third party, like a distributor. “The distributor has just as much of a need to protect as you do,” he says.
Looking for help protecting your music? Reach out to see if you’re a good fit for Repost Network today!
About The Author:
Liz Ohanesian writes about the intersection of music, arts and
technology. She is based in Los Angeles.