I’ve received a copyright claim on YouTube, from UMPG Publishing, that claims that I’ve stolen some karaoke version of It’s time by Imagine Dragons. That is bullshit, I’ve made the remix myself!
The reason I uploaded the song to YouTube is that it was made for a remix competition that is no longer of immediate interest. Since I’ve got limited playing time on SoundCloud (where I first uploaded the track) I was moving it to YouTube to free some time for other songs on SoundCloud, while still making it possible for people to listen to the song. I would have understood perfectly if Imagine Dragons themselves or their record company didn’t want me to upload the song to YouTube, but this is someone who have made a karaoke version of the song, which has nothing to do with my remix except that it’s the same key and the same chords (I assume).
I disputed the copyright claim, but none of the choices for ground of disputing reflected what had actually happened. I will remove the song without further questioning if Imagine Dragons or their representatives asks me to, but I don’t want to be accused for having stolen some karaoke version!
Feel free to sue me, but it will be more expensive for you than it will be worth. I’m a broke person who makes music for the joy of it. But when things like this happens I find no joy at all in it and at the moment I’m seriously considering stopping making music altogether. I’m dealing with serious health issues and making music has been one of a few sources of joy to my life. I’m not, however, going to risk my health any further, so I might be giving my music making up now.
I apologize to Imagine Dragons and their representatives if I made a mistake by uploading the song, but I definitely didn’t steal any karaoke version of it. And I have not made any money whatsoever from any remix I’ve made!
The underlined text says Confirmed third party content. Really? The only third party content in the remix is the vocals, which were provided for the remix competition. But according to the copyright claim it’s not the vocals that is “third party content” but the instrumental background. I feel seriously offended by this accusation!