Notes on using my music

2016-09-29 14:15:47 by Miyolophone
Updated

So lately my song Amoris has been getting a lot of attention (more than it deserves, really) from Kaito's Geometry Dash level, The Last Recital. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm super appreciative of the positive reception, and it really is a beautiful level. But it's had an unpleasant side-effect: a bunch of people are uploading Amoris (not the level, just the song) to YouTube without asking me.

First of all, why? If I wanted it on YouTube, I'd do it myself. It's not like I can't, and it's definitely not your moral responsiblity to spread the message to the world, or something. So even though I'm glad you like it, I'm the person who distributes my music, not you.

Second of all, I have a copyright on it. I saw someone upload it saying "no copyright, free use :)" and that really made me mad. Anything I make belongs to me and there are Licensing Terms that say, very clearly, that you can't use my music without making arrangements with me. You can't just take it.

Now, that's certainly not to say you can't use it anywhere. If you contact me about using it as background music, an intro, etc., I'll probably say yes (although you do still need to contact me obviously or you'll have to take it down). Also, if you're using it in a Geomtery Dash level, or a video of a level, yes, you can use it, don't bother asking me. But uploading it simply as a music video? That's my job, to do when I want to do it, and I'm already tired of filing copyright infringement reports because people aren't reading or just don't care.

So in short, ask me before you use my music for anything (except GD levels). And in general, use common sense, read the Lisencing Terms, and remember that composers have rights and abilities too.

-Miyo

(Oh, and I think I'll start uploading my music to YouTube soon, if only to stop this from happening again.)


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JK-FlipFlopJK-FlipFlop

2016-09-29 15:47:01

I absolutely agree with you. If someone did that shit to me, I would be on their ass like flies on dukey.

Miyolophone responds:

Exactly. I'm not trying to be cruel, I just want to be in control of my music! Is that so much to ask?


JK-FlipFlopJK-FlipFlop

2016-09-30 22:14:00

No, it's not an unreasonable or ridiculous demand. In fact, one could legally serve up a lawsuit on the grounds of the license/agreement.


MooseMooMooseMoo

2016-10-10 09:24:56

It's spectacular that your getting on the map of digital music composers, but I agree, they should ask before making a music video.

Miyolophone responds:

It's certainly exciting, but yeah, I wish they would ask first... :/