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How To Avoid YouTube Copyright Claims

I don't create my own background music for my YouTube videos, so I rely on professionally done songs for background music.  Because I don't own the copyright to any songs there is a conflict, and then I get a message from YouTube saying the following:

"Dear ekaj8,
Video Disabled
A copyright owner has claimed it owns some or all of the audio content in your video Home Made Pepsi Can Stove. The audio content identified in your video is What It's Like by Everlast. We regret to inform you that your video has been blocked from playback due to a music rights issue"

I have received multiple variants of the preceding message regarding my YouTube videos and more specifically their musical content.  Due to the fact that I don't feel the need to conform to YouTube's and Warner Music Group's (WMG) copyright agreement I found a way to avoid having my videos blocked.

The Basic Idea

The way YouTube's copyright detection software works is it scans all new (and some old) videos for music known to be owned by major music companies, such as Warner Music Group ( WMG = ), if you are unlucky enough to have this happen your video's audio track will be muted, even the parts that are not owned by corporations.  (That includes spoken word).  The way to avoid being detected by this software is to slightly slow down the audio track, this alteration will not be perceivable to the human ear, but it will be enough to throw off YouTube's copyright minions.

Now that the concept is in your mind it is time to get down to business 

Step 1: Download Audacity

The first thing you have to do is download a program called Audacity .  Audacity® is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems.  Click the link Here, here, or even HERE to be taken to the Audacity download page.  in fact you could even follow this link:


*hint hint* click the picture if you haven't downloaded it yet*


Step 2: Open Audacity

Open it, Do It



Step 3: Open the file

Now you need to open the file that you don't want YouTube to detect as copyrighted

(.mp3 or .wav files work best)



Step 4: Slow it down

Now you are going to slow down the audio track

 Click the following stuff:


Effect>Change Speed...

Now where it says "Percent Change" enter "-3" into the text box

Press "OK"

Step 5: Let it Do its thing

It should be doing this, let it go about its business until its done

Step 6: Hey, it worked

Now all you have to do is press:

File>Export as WAV


File>Export as MP3


Now the deed is done, put the newly created audio track in a video and watch as you receive no emails telling you that you have infringed upon no copyright laws. You are now in the green and nothing can stop you from dominating YouTube