News: YouTube is providing another way to deal with unauthorized music synched into user videos on YT: mute. After a copyright complaint by the music copyright holder, a user can elect to keep the video up on YouTube without sound. Here’s what YT says:
“Previously, when a music label or other rights owner issued a copyright claim to block audio, the video was automatically taken down. Uploaders had two choices: dispute the claim or use our AudioSwap tool to replace the track with one from our library of pre-cleared music. Now we’ve added an additional choice. Instead of automatically removing the video from YouTube, users can choose to leave the video muted and live on the site, and many of them are taking that option.”
Analysis: Interesting development. Still doesn’t solve the relative difficulty of finding good music to synch into user videos. It’s true YT provides some music selections for free on Audioswap, and other services like Jamendo and Magnatunes are helping to offer many more songs. But why doesn’t the music industry offer something like an iTunes for synching music in a way that is easy as buying a ringtone. I’ve been clamoring for several years for this service. It could make the music industry millions.