3 tips to protect your music on YouTube, Soundcloud and Bandcamp

3 tips to protect your music on YouTube, Soundcloud and Bandcamp

My music is on YouTube… but it’s not on my channel !


This morning you woke up full of energy. It's the weekend, you don't have much to do, you'd like to go out for a little workout, but when you look outside, your realize there is no way you can do that - it's raining, and it's not going to stop anytime soon. No problem, you take your exercise mat . You start browsing YouTube, looking for an indoor session. You didn’t know this fitness streamer, her workout looks interesting, let’s try this out !  You settle on the map and start to follow her moves, when suddenly... Really ? The background music - is it really yours ?  The song  is catchy for sure, and perfect for the routine she's showing, but you never gave her the right to use it! You really want to leave a flaming comment on her channel, but you know better. You start thinking. What should you do? 

Of course, like any young (and yet unknown) artist, your music everywhere on the streaming sites - you have profiles on SoundCloud, Bancamp, ITunes, Spotify, Deezer and even a YouTube channel.

You need the exposure, don't you ? They're great promotional tools, for sure, but you didn't expect to get robbed! The views - and the profit that goes with it -  are supposed to to to your page.

What are the risks?

It is indeed very simple to retrieve a song from these websites. Converters will quickly do it for free. Soundrain ITube and dozens of other sites easily transform the proprietary format of these platforms into mp3, usable almost everywhere.

These sites are sued by the labels and closed on a regular basis, but others reappear immediately.

Of course, your work can even be put online on illegal sharing or torrent sites. For you it equals less sales, and less profit. 

So how can I avoid being pirated?


This is a very common practice on Bandcamp or Soundcloud.


Most Internet users don't know how to edit files and won't bother trying to figure out how to cut the voice line. And they will probably not want to have a driving playlist interrupted by messages like "Support the artists, buy the official version", or even "if you are listening to this track, it has been pirated"!

The voice line may even be somewhere in the actual  song to make it even more obnoxious

Once you have identified the problem, you need to think about your goal

What is your goal?

Do you just want to get credit for your work?

Do you want to get a financial compensation - like royalties ?

 If so, you can negotiate.

But you can simply want the content to be removed. Then you can file a DMCA complaint or ask us for help.

This person was part of the creative process !

A fan or a friend helped you with their constructive criticism. They even helped you to improve the lyrics a great deal...

Even so,  the law is very clear - you are the sole owner of the rights to your work. Do not allow your fan or friend to host the work - your page should generate the views, not theirs !

However, you can credit all participants and thank them publicly, they will be delighted.


Of course, always remember to register your work with the appropriate authorities in your country. In case of dispute, you can easily prove that you are the author.

All this paperwork seems complicated ...

You can also take a proactive approach and protect your work by hiring a specialized company

Agence PDN is a moderator for YouTube, so we can immediately remove any video not approved by our clients. No need to provide us with the links, our experts will find them !

We will also scan the rest of the web to see if any unauthorized versions are online, identify the scope of the problem, and clean the web from the offending links and the Google search leading to them.

You will get all the benefits you deserve.


Next week we’ll tell you how to react if someone stole your blog content. 

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