This morning I started to tangle with YouTube's ContentID. With any luck, my legitimate disputes will be accepted and I won't have to worry about ads appearing on videos I've made of +Kimiko Ishizaka, Pianist
performing Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier at +Manifold Recording
. Standing up for one's rights has risks, however. The Harry Fox agency claims administration of Bach's Prelude #1 in C Major (incredible!), and YouTube warns me that if they prevail with their claims against me, I'll lose my YouTube account (which has about 100,000 views).
It should be an open-and-shut case: Bach's work is clearly in the public domain, and Kimiko Ishizaka developed her interpretation from Bach's manuscripts, which are also in the public domain. But I have seen enough complaints from classical musicians who have uploaded videos of their own performances of Bach, Mozart, Chopin, and other composers whose work has passed into the public domain to know that It Ain't Over Until It's Over.
I have read that one thing that greatly helps is popular support. Namely, if this posting were to get 1,000 +1s (for example), then YouTube people doing their research will not blow it off and assume that their ContentID system is perfect. So if you agree with this position, give me your +1 and reshare!Ishizaka WTC HD 1080p Draft #1