Youtube Copyright Infringement: This video contains content from…

I bumped right up to a youtube copyright infringement issue on the very first few youtube videos I uploaded.

This video contains content from… , who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds

That’s what I saw on my third video a few hours after uploading it on youtube.

This video contains content from… , who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds.

After a few seconds in a ‘what the…’ limbo I got back up and realized that I had used a background music that of course is copyrighted. I remember having used Kelly Clarkson’s ‘My life would suck without you’. And then I realized how stupid of me to have not thought about youtube copyright infringement issues before uploading.

I thought that it was alright to use any kind of music because a lot of youtube videos have background music from current popular artists. And they don’t get flagged down for youtube copyright infringement issues. Questions, questions. Nowadays, when you have questions, you go right up to google for answers. And what better source of solutions would there be than an entity which owns youtube…Google.

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I wanted to know a way around this youtube copyright infringement problem specifically regarding a video’s accompanying music. Here’s a couple of ways around it.

3 Ways Around Youtube Copyright Infringement

  • Use Your Own Music
    To avoid copyright problems with youtube, the best technique would be to use your own music. But this of course is useful only to musicians, or people who have a knack for composing original music. That would leave 91% of us behind and in the dark. And uh, I just made that statistics value up.
  • Use free / public domain music
    So, for those who can’t compose their own music, the only apparent solution would be to use other people’s music. Thankfully, there are the so called public domain music and there are musicians who generously give their music freely to others. An initial cursory search gave me the following sites:

    The first two sites above are sources for old music that is already in the public domain and thus are copyright-free. If you don’t mind using really old music (1922 and earlier), then these sites will provide your needs. The other 2 are sites offering music created by modern-day musicians who gave permission for anyone to use their music as they please. You can search for more sites like these online. I’m sure there are countless others out there.

  • Change the music’s speed or pitch

    This must be what other folks are using in their videos with popular music in their backgrounds. How else can they post videos with Jason Mraz singing in the background?

    The trick is to change the music’s tempo, or pitch, or speed by a very small amount that’s not very noticeable to human ears but is very apparent to the music bots that youtube or other audio monopolizers are using.

    You can use your favorite audio editting software. If you don’t have one, you can download a free one that works pretty much like the pricey audio editting software out there. It’s called Audacity. If you have even just a little aptitude for tinkering with music software, you can download audacity here.

    Here’s a video showing you how to change tempo, pitch, or speed of a sound file.

Do you know of any other ways to get around youtube copyright infringement issues?

NOTE: The best methods would be the first 2 methods stated above. Obviously, the third method still is a violation of the original artists’ copyright, even if passes through youtube’s filters.


  1. It is frustrating when one wants to follow the rules, but others don’t and get away with it.

    I wonder if some music is digitally encoded with copyright information that is not heard. Possibly this is just at the beginning or end, so perhaps people are getting around it by not using the very beginning or end of the music.

    Or perhaps only some music publishers use technology to catch copyright abuse. People could get around that by simply using music from other publishers.

    Me I like to follow the rules. I want people to respect my material rights so I respect others rights. Thank you for the links so I don’t have to worry about it.
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    1. Always glad to be of help Ned. 🙂

      I think copyright monitoring software get some kind of digital thumbprint of a particular song to filter youtube with. I’m inclined to believe that that thumbprint is nothing else but that which we see in audio editing software – those squiggly gibberish lines. If a filter finds a match in youtube, no matter where the music portion is (beggining, middle, end), it kicks off the copyright alarm. Now, slowing or speeding up a song a little bit makes a different digital thumbprint.
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  2. It’s a pain to have all of these things that make it harder to just throw a video together but look at it from the other side. These people might have spent millions of dollars producing, recording, and marketing their songs, videos or pictures and then we come along and use them for free. Yeah sure they make millions of dollars but that’s beside the point. Since I’m not a socialist I don’t subscribe to the notion that they have enough money and now we should benefit from their work. If you want something unique put in you own work and you’ll have something to be proud of too; And by the way, if you do that you can have your own copyright and decide if you want to give your work to the public or not.

    1. Good argument Buddy. It really is easy to just stay on the right side. 🙂

      I just wonder how radio stations never get reprimanded for publicly playing copyrighted music on air for, errr, centuries already(?).

  3. Wow that’s a great way to get around youtube’s copyright monitor. Thanks for the helpful tips.

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  4. I wish it worked. I tried changing speed by 2% as a test, but youtube still caught it!


      In that youtube video link, the uploader jonnyc1580 said(and you can read it if you go check it out): “Yes, the pitch is different for copyright reasons!” It’s a lyrics video of a Bruno Mars song called The Lazy Song.

      Perhaps, changing the pitch works more consistently than changing the speed.

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