1/06/2013

Can you use YouTube Audio Swap AND Monetize a video?

YouTube is the greatest resource for amateur video publishers who want to make a few bucks, IMHO.

However, there are lots of restrictions on the content that you post. One of the main prohibitions is the use of music in your video. Even live background music can provoke Google to mute the entire audio track due to "copyright violations."

If your YouTube video's audio is muted, or your receive an unwanted copyright notice, you have a couple of options --
  • protest the copyright claim (I have, and they did reverse an undeserved claim by a third party).
  • re-cut your video with new audio, and then upload it again.
  • use YouTube's "Audio Swap" option.
The latter is very useful. You can rather easily find some sort of audio creation in YouTube's vast library of songs to match the theme of your video.

However, ONCE YOU USE THE AUDIO SWAP, YOU CANNOT MONETIZE. And vice versa.

YouTube says it has an agreement with the music creators to provide users with audio tracks for free. Even if you see Google ads running with on your video, you won't get any of that profit sharing -- the music creator receives it, not you.

I don't think it's unfair, although I would prefer it if YouTube would split the earnings: The video creator is providing visual content after all. 

You could always make your own music, which I have. It's kind of laborious, even with Apple's Garage Band, but it's not impossible by any stretch. So, be creative and pick your poison.

An example of  an "Audio Swap" that I was forced to do because some old '60s song was playing in the background. I think the music matches well, but again, I get no money for the thousands of views.

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