Solving the Problem of Content ID and Royalty Free Music

Have you ever published a spoken-word recording on Spotify or Apple Music or any other music distribution platform? 

Did your recording include royalty free background music (whether you obtained it from this website or from another)? 

If so, then I would like to call your attention to a VERY important issue. Unless you have taken certain steps, your recordings might be causing other people's recordings to be affected by false copyright claims, even without your knowledge. These claims are a common problem for people who specialise in meditation and hypnosis recordings. 

We're doing everything we can to improve awareness of this issue and to help people publish their recordings responsibly. With this in mind I strongly encourage you to read the following article. 

Publish Your Recording Responsibly to Prevent False Copyright Claims

In a further effort to prevent false copyright claims, we have also updated our royalty free music license terms. A new section (which will make more sense once you read the article mentioned above) has been added as follows:  
Section 5. Responsible publishing
If you publish an audio recording that incorporates our music, you must ensure that your publisher does not apply any services such as “Sync Licensing” or “Content ID Matching” to your recording.

Content ID Matching, Sync Licensing (and other similar services) are designed to identify and claim against other recordings that sound similar to your recording. These services should never be used for spoken word recordings that use royalty free background music. These services are only for musicians and bands that release original music.

I expect that this has not been the most entertaining article you have read this week, but for anyone who is in the business of publishing their own spoken word recordings it's extremely important information to know!