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YouTube Copyright Enforcement Bamboozles MMDers!

A Feature Article by Reggie Dentmore on LearnMMD.comWhy did YouTube take down my MMD video?

YouTube Copyright Enforcement
Bamboozles MMDers!

One of LearnMMD’s most popular and most thorough MMD newbie tutorials yields a music video of the song “The World is Mine”

YouTube copyright enforcement is leading to chaos in the MMD community!… and YouTube has taken-down the sample video I posted as part of the tutorial.

(I just, now, uploaded it, again, through my personal YouTube account rather than the LearnMMD account where it used to be… we’ll see how long it stays up “:o).

Inside that tutorial I have now posted this huge warning … a warning to ALL of us MMDers:

This tutorial helps you create a music video.
YouTube May NOT Allow this video to display…

and may PENALIZE your account

if you upload this video to YouTube!

YouTube has been enforcing copyright issues and is blocking many MMD videos of our favorite songs; including “The World is Mine” that is used in this tutorial.

Our use of copyrighted materials, even as not-for-profit hobby entertainment is now viewed as an undesirable, perhaps illegal redistribution of copyrighted materials.

YouTube may block the view of your video to some countries or may simply block it to all viewers. If you “get caught” more than a few times, your YouTube Channel may be penalized.

THIS TUTORIAL creates an “illegal” video.

… as YouTube now sees it… so…

Please do this tutorial
as a learning experience for yourself…

It’d be a shame if your first video-upload got you banned from YouTube! … so please… learn from this tutorial, enjoy the process… create a music video for your own experience…
DO NOT UPLOAD it to YouTube… and keep an eye on the YouTube situation… maybe things will change someday… ?

Have fun with MikuMikuDance!

… but be thoughtful… be careful.

The Solution… ?

Use only “safe” music… music you have personally created, music you have permission to use… or run the risk of “getting caught” and perhaps being punished by YouTube.

Use alternate versions of the song… see which versions of your favorite song ARE STILL on YouTube… might be that only the one version published by the well-known singer/star/group will get flagged as “matching”… and a Vocaloid knock-off will slide by!

As for myself, I typically use “old” music that I scavenge from my LP collection. YouTube often flags my videos as “Matched Content”, the first stage of being in trouble… but, except for seeing more ads clustered around my videos selling downloads of the music I have used, I have never been punished beyond seeing that “Matched Content” warning. Also, I will, in the future,  only “do” the songs that are still prevalent on YouTube… ones YouTube hasn’t taken down yet… maybe those are OK, somehow… ? … who knows?


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  1. Rarara Rarara
    May 22, 2017    

    Umm…I’ve questions here…It’s ok to monetize video with my own mmd pv and vocaloid cover? Is the Music Artist will summon u or My channel will be banned or delete or get hurt? ;~;

    • Reggie Dentmore Reggie Dentmore
      May 24, 2017    

      LearnMMD’s Trackdancer2015 says:
      Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer and nothing I write here should be construed as legal advice.

      But to answer the correspondent’s question is pretty straightforward. You cannot moneterize the video if you don’t have licence rights to use any of the following:
      the model, the character the model portrays, the music, other audio components, the MMEs used, the ancillary models (stages, skydomes, etc.), the motion data used, the song – yeah, the song. Song writers have rights too!

      Transgressions in these instances with regards to the music rights usually at worst gets the video deleted or muted. No one is going to sue a kid. It is bad PR. Likewise no one is going to send the Yakuza after a kid over something like this.

      The safest way to make money on YT is to create original content. That said, you can actually moneterize a channel devoted to video games. Game companies tacitly encourage this as it helps maintain the shelf life of their titles as well as being generally advantageous from a marketing perspective.

      YouTube only bans channels that breach their terms of use. Such as multiple instances of copyright infringements, but even here, it is actually hard to get outrightly banned unless you’re flagrantly breaking the Law.

      But I get this question a lot. Here is my standard response:

      MMD is for fun. If you want to make money, go get a job…

      • Rarara Rarara
        June 2, 2017    

        But what if the company said,”we have a direct relationship with Google and you did create the visuals. We run the advertisements based on the visual aspects to the video and not audio.” It’s fine right?

        • June 3, 2017    

          What you you mean by “the company said”? You either use other people’s resources or you don’t. If MMD models, stages, and effects used in the video are not created by you (and I mean *fully* created, not just assembled from pieces in PMDE like most MMD models are), then a company that claims that you “created the visuals” simply shows its incompetence in the matter. As for the audio, if it’s copyrighted, you can’t monetize the video no matter what your company says. It’s you who risk your channel, not them.

          While you’re not monetizing your videos, using other people’s resource is mostly a matter of ethics. When you try to monetize, you’re traversing the territory of the law, and there are plenty of sharks who would be all too happy to squeeze away your house, your car, and your firstborn if you misstep. The rule of thumb is “if you don’t know what you’re doing, better don’t do it”, and in this case, you clearly don’t, or you wouldn’t be asking here.

  2. icbs icbs
    May 8, 2017    

    Would changing the pitch or speed of the track I’m using make my video any less likely to be detected as matched content?

    • Silent Headset Silent Headset
      May 8, 2017    

      I believe it’ll reduce the chance to get detected by the bots used to automatically identify them. The owner is still able to manually take your video down though (happened to me once), but it does not happen THAT often.

      To be safe, just look around Youtube, see if the tracks you’re going to use also exist in other video (search for a certain anime OP for example). If it exists, and the video of it was up for a respectable time, and not done by the official owner, then it’ll most likely be fine even without changing the pitch or anything. Usually the most you’ll get hit with is being unable to monetize your video, which is not exactly an issue unless you’re planning to make money out of your video.

  3. KyokiDoesMMD KyokiDoesMMD
    November 12, 2015    

    I’d like to clarify some things: Most Vocaloid songs are actually SAFE to use without the risk of getting copyright bans. However, a few Vocaloid producers have exclusive rights to their music (similar to Sony Music’s rights to theirs I think?).

    They are:
    U/M/A/A (DECO*27, Sasakure.UK, Powapowa-P)
    08yakari (Hachi)
    Incstoenterinc (Supercell, Yuuyu)
    Being, Inc. (Doriko)
    EXIT TUNES (Dixie Flatline, Heisei Project,CosMo/Bousou-P)
    Elicense (Nem)

    [source: http://www.vocaloidotaku.net/index.php?/topic/63173-vocaloid-content-blocked-on-youtube/%5D

    A majority of Vocaloid producers allow their music to be used as the fans wish, so as long as it is not used for commercial purposes. The bans don’t apply to NicoNicoDouga since users automatically have a license to use them, and the company who owns the site pays for the royalties.

  4. November 12, 2015    

    I have been using MMD for a while now, I also have some video`s on YouTube.
    I think youtube will look more to video`s that have been monitized. I never monitize any video. But this is really a thing to take in mind when uploading to YouTube. I have got the matched content warning but probably it shouldn`t be a problem. Unless you fight it. Just agree with it.
    I recieved that on this video:
    with the message:
    Ads might appear on your video.
    Copyrighted content was found in your video.
    The claimant is allowing their content to be used in your YouTube video. However, ads might appear on it.
    Monetized by claimant
    If you agree with these conditions, you don’t have to do anything.
    Learn more

    This is a message that you recieve when copyrighted content is auto detected. You can get different messages. So upload your video as private and wait if you recieve a match. Read what it says. In my case it says: “The claimant is allowing their content to be used in your YouTube video.” this means that the author allows his/her content to be used freely but all ad revenue will go to them.

    Again nothing is without risk. But I think you can get 2 video`s taken down for copyright, and if you dont get any claim in one year time the counter will reset. (not sure though)

    I will be more carefull in the future I guess.

    • KyokiDoesMMD KyokiDoesMMD
      November 12, 2015    

      Putting emphasis on this:

      “The claimant is allowing their content to be used in your YouTube video. However, ads might appear on it.”

      This has happened to me numerous times whenever I use copyrighted music. You’re not in trouble so you don’t have to worry. YouTube is simply reminding you that you have copyrighted music in your video. The best thing to do is… well… you don’t really have to do anything.

      Back then, The system was a little complicated. If the video you uploaded had copyrighted content, a notice would be sent to you. You could either deny the claim or acknowledge it. The video would be temporarily taken down (or blocked in some countries depending on the copyright) until things get sorted out. Today, leaving the notice as is basically means that you acknowledge the fact that the content in the video is not yours.

      • November 12, 2015    

        Yeah that is true as long as it doesn`t get taken down your fine, I guess.

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