Eight ways to trace your royalties
It’s an ongoing problem, one we frequently hear about: discovering your music is being streamed, bought or played but not knowing how it became available, how long it has been there and, crucially, where are the royalties?!
We can help you navigate the back payment and copyright disputes, and provide the tools to ensure you are receiving the royalties you are due without having to constantly fight for them.
There are a number of ways to track down how content has appeared in the marketplace, as well as take action against illegal downloads, and this is the first step towards getting the rightful royalties due.
You might have hoped you’d heard the last of track and trace, but this is one you definitely want to get on board with. The people at Trcktrace use innovative software which is able to track and trace any digital form of music. They grab the music file and associated metadata by use of fingerprinting. For matching purposes, they have their own extensive database but are also connected to all known global music databases. This way you can find exactly where your content is available.
In music we trust, and at SongTrust you can access the largest network of over 60 pay sources and collection societies in over 245 countries to collect all your publishing royalties. This way you can track and claim royalties due all over the world when your music is played on the radio.
The bounty hunters of the music industry. These guys help their clients reconnect with lost income streams, establish new income streams and provide strategic consulting so that going forward, their clients are 100% all over their royalty accounting.
MUSO is a technology company providing anti-piracy, market analytics and audience connection solutions that disrupt the piracy market for digital content. Muso’s technology trawls the internet looking for links to your content & giving you the tools to issue takedowns directly to those platforms hosting your content.
This is where you go if you know that your music is being used and you’re not seeing any money. Whilst you might not get paid via this channel alone, you will get it removed for infringement.
iTunes content dispute
Similar to the above, content available on the iTunes Store or Apple Music are provided to iTunes by third party content providers. Once you have submitted your dispute, they will contact the provider of the disputed content regarding your claim and in most cases, they will ask that the provider work with you directly to resolve the issue.
It’s a simple form to fill in and options to attach the original track if you think your music is on Deezer without your permission.
YouTube copyright dispute
The YouTube copyright dispute tool utilises Content ID matching technology to find re-uploads of videos on YouTube. This has a huge search, and is available to over 1,500,000 channels. It can spot near-full re-uploads of original videos on other YouTube channels and then allows the creator to choose what action to take.