This is track is not by Tiesto

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In our fast-moving social media universe, many times music fans do not stop to think about the implications of posting a mislabeled audio or video content to YouTube or SoundCloud. Whether simply excited about hearing or a song or thinking they helping an artist as a super-fan, they might take a part of a song from another performance, such as a DJ mix, and upload that song again. Not under the original artist’s name and song title, but the name of the artist whose mix they stripped it from. In the process, Mr. or Ms. Super-fan has confused other music fans, as well as the digital systems that track the public performance of songs in these services by labeling the song incorrectly.

While there are some systems in place to recognize the audio fingerprint of a song, if a song has never been fingerprinted, it will not exist in the various databases of all fingerprinted songs, which there are many. The song could be in one, but not the other. Therefore, it cannot be identified by the digital systems in place to decide who is the correct artist.

In addition, that person would have also added the metadata for the song, including artist name and song title. Every time someone else ripped the audio from YouTube,  inaccurate metadata will come along with it. As the song then spreads virally through file sharing networks, it may end up in databases for companies promoting music for play in retail stores. Or, the song may get played on radio. Each time, reporting the performance of the wrong artist and title back to a performing rights organizations like ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, or SoundExchange. Today, there are tens of thousands of mislabeled songs and millions of dollars of royalties sitting in bank accounts, which never make it to the artists who deserve it, because of these meta data issues.

Long time DJ and dance/electronic music producer, Johnny Vicious, recently took to Facebook to state his frustration with a system that sometimes penalizes artists, before correcting the record. Many times after it’s too late.

 

Some time ago, a YouTube user, 3nt3rZz, ripped the song,“Ecstasy (Take Your Shirts Off)(Remix),” originally produced by Johnny Vicious, from a DJ set by Tiesto. That user has been inactive on YouTube for 2-years, but before his account went dormant, he posted the song both with the wrong title, which he spelled Extacy, and he incorrectly attributed the artist as Tiesto. At the time of this writing, the original YouTube video for the song racked up 34,447 views. The one with the mislabeled song title and artist name has, well…4,218,890 views.

That is a huge discrepancy.

Here is the incorrect version uploaded with the wrong title and artist name.

Here is the original version, with the correct title and artist name.

The only way to resolve these issues is to tell YouTube of your copyright complaint through an online form. In order to file a complaint. you must be the rights holder or a representative of the rights holder. If you are an artist, but the rights holder is the label that acquired your song, you may no longer have the right to issue the takedown (depending on your agreement with the label, unless you share rights). The label is the one filing the complaint. If the label no longer exists, then whomever acquired the label catalog can file the complaint.

For many artists, this is frustrating, because they won’t see any of the revenue from a song with 4M views if the meta data is wrong. And, once the royalties are distributed, it’s most likely difficult to get them back. There is a lot of work involved with YouTube and Tiesto’s publishing company to fix the issue. While he may inadvertently benefit from the mistake, it should still be fixed.

Unfortunately, in today’s world of social music, many artists and labels not only have to make, promote, and distribute their catalog, they also have to police it too. That can take up more time and energy than most of us realize. There is no easy fix and to attempt to educate the masses on the proper tagging of uploads is, well, futile.

As we continue to further develop these online services, the hope is that songs are tagged correctly using identifiers, like ISRC (International Standard Recording Code), and those tags will help control the flow of revenues to the correct rights holder. However, we are a long way off from a global system, so for now, policing your catalog is the cost of doing business as an artist or label today.

Of course, even ISRC will have its problems, because not every song in every system will have a code assigned to it. Someone has to go back through tens of millions of songs and apply ISRC or replace those without ISRC with a digital copy that contains the code. In many cases, songs may have multiple codes assigned to them by both the label and the artist and those codes may conflict. There is a lot of work to be done, but don’t hold your breath, because we’re not there yet.

UPDATE – November 13th, 2014

After a little investigation, here is how a copyright owner can ensure that his/her work is properly identified, even if it is mislabeled by any user.

According to Google’s support forum for YouTube, a copyright owner with “substantial” works existing on YouTube can apply to be included in their ContentID program. That copyright owner would then submit all works through ContentID. Those works would be fingerprinted and can then match any existing or new uploads to the system, even if they are tagged incorrectly or mislabeled by YouTube users. The copyright owner would receive notifications for each incident and be able to make a determination on how to handle it – whether to issue a takedown or something else.

Here is a link to the form for copyright owners who wish to apply to the ContentID service.

First, check the criteria to make sure you qualify.

Also, SoundExchange does not collect a performance royalty for the artist from YouTube, Vevo, or any other video service. SoundCloud only collects for artists at digital radio, such as Pandora or 8tracks.

For those artists that need a service to help them collect royalties from YouTube and other video platforms, former TuneCore founder and CEO, Jeff Price, is a co-founder of Audiam, as service which helps artists collect royalties from video platforms.

Two domains for sale: traktor.fm and serato.fm

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I’m working to part with two domain names I’ve been holding onto. They are both featured on Flippa for auction.

The domains are:

Click on each domain name above to go to their respective Flippa auction pages.

The auctions are for 14 days and were just launched on Flippa as of October 25, 2014. These domains can be used for online forums for both Serato and Traktor.
I’ve been sitting on them for a few years and it’s time to let them go. Hope someone finds them useful and wants to bid on them!

 

Transitions with John Digweed and Soul Clap – The Traveler Album Special

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I often listen to different genres of electronic music, but my favorites by far are dark minimal, techno, and psychedelic styles of music. With that being said, famed DJ/producer and label owner, John Digweed, has been a huge influence in my own production and live sets. Without a doubt, he remains solidly in my top 5 DJ’s.

Well, a few nights ago, while checking the trending page of my MixCloud app, I noticed the top set was by John Digweed. Without hesitation I pressed play and was blown away by the mix. As always, Digweed’s mixing was immaculate, but this time around, the set had a very psychedelic vibe to it. No wonder, because it previews his brand new album The Traveler, which is based on the best selling book by John Twelve Hawks (learn more about this author at Goodreads).

Currently, This upload has reached 1st in the Soundtrack chart, 1st in the House chart, 2nd in the Techno chart, 2nd in the Electronic chart, and 3rd in the Tech House chart. Way to stay on top of the game.

Transitions with John Digweed and Soul Clap – The Traveler Album Special by John Digweed on Mixcloud

 

 

New Music Spotlight – B.O.T.D. by Mind Funk

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This month I had the pleasure of hearing an up-and-coming DJ duo perform a set at our TEG Annual Retreat and I would like to introduce you to this duo from Los Angeles – Mind Funk. Although they have only been performing together since late 2010, they have already had the opportunity to play at some of the better known venues in the Los Angeles area including Exchange LA, Dim Mak, Playhouse, Vanguard, and Belasco alongside artists like Fedde Le Grand, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Tritonal, Aly and Fila, Christopher Lawrence, and Jaytech.

In just about one month, their latest track, B.O.T.D (Bring On The Drums) already has gotten over 23,000 plays. Hitting dance floors around the world, this Progressive House track incorporates Electro and Big Room sounds. It’s definitely worth a listen, and to boot, can be downloaded for free on their SoundCloud page here.

In my option, Mind Funk stands out from the rest of the crowd of DJ’s and producers because of their uncanny knack to predict the newest trends in the genre that they focus on, and as a result able to bring the newest sounds to the stage and in their tracks. Even more so, their mixing style keeps the dance floor moving and engaged. They are a blast to see live, or listen to on your mp3 player.

I hope you enjoy this new track as much as I do…

8tracks: The Disco Fries Pumpkin Spice Playlist

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Our dear friends over at 8tracks.com have been kicking it lately with featured mixes by hot DJ producers. This week, they’re launching a new mix from the break out American production team, The Disco Fries.

Sprinkled with salt and smothered with ketchup, this The Disco Fries playlist is the perfect end of summer jam session. Lot’s of fun records in the mix, but given the DMCA restrictions on pre-announcing playlists, we can’t actually tell you what they are! I know, right? Well, that’s what we’re dealing with nowadays here on the interwebs, but that shouldn’t stop you from listening, exploring and discovering some fresh tunes just out of The Disco Fries kitchen. We will say there is one serious smackdown of a remix. Check the “Won’t Look Back” [Disco Fries & Aylen Remix]. The original artist is one of our favorites, Duke Dumont.  This is a huge record and the The Disco Fries give it an amped up treatment. They’ve sped up the original vocals a bit, but it all works in the context of their remix of this now classic deep house tune. 

The Disco Fries are Nick Ditri and Danny Boselovic. Known for their EDM tracks, original productions and remixes, the duo are burning up the radio airwaves and have a couple of #1 Billboard Dance Club Play remixes. They reworked records for Katy Perry and Foxes to Flo Rida and Cobra Starship. You can also hear three The Disco Fries produced tracks on Tiësto’s, A Town Called Paradise. They are “Wasted” featuring Matthew Koma, “Say Something,” and “Shimmer” featuring Christian Burns (production and writing credit). They’re also credited with co-writing and composing on Krewella Live For The Night along with the members of Cash Cash.



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Some of the biggest names in EDM support The Disco Fries, including Tiesto, Hardwell, Kaskade, Steve Aoki, and Armand Van Helden. The Disco Fries are just getting ready serve up more hot potatoes from Nick Hexum (of 311), Breathe Carolina, Tiesto, Raine Maida (of Our Lady Peace) and a slew of other incredible writers and vocalists.

Oh, and you can grab some The Disco Fries merch from their online shop: http://www.fixtstore.com/thediscofries

In regards to their 8tracks playlist selection, here’s what Nick and Dani had to say: “We’re always looking to push ourselves to explore new sounds. We want to keep making music that we enjoy sharing with people and people enjoy hearing. The party never ends for us.”

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