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    Just to remind everybody that there are other sites besides AdRev doing the same thing, although AdRev is the biggest player. It may be worth your while to do some research.

    #27021 Reply

    I came across this while doing some AdRev research: I haven’t gotten through all of it yet, but it a an interesting read showing two very different takes of AdRev.

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    Art Munson

    I came across this while doing some AdRev research: I haven’t gotten through all of it yet, but it a an interesting read showing two very different takes of AdRev.

    I didn’t read all of the comments but some of those commenters are big music sellers on AJ and they are just trying to protect their music.

    #27023 Reply

    Hi Art, do not be swayed by that long debate Alan posted. That thread is ancient history. Video Producers once were disgruntled about getting ads on their videos and claims filed. The ADREV ship sailed with thousands of composers and tracks on board 3 to 5 years ago. Video Producers have defense mechanisms in place to deal with their YT videos at this point.

    Music publishers and libraries can squash complaints from customers fast and ads get removed fast. ADREV is not a money making mechanism unless one of your tunes ends up in a video with 100 million views and the monetization goes to you. Use it more or less to spy and get info/ data on how your music is being used in YOUTUBE. You will make some extra spending money quarterly. Many of us were oversold on ADREV.

    I have no regrets. I have a portion of my catalog in there and I do make quarterly spending money. It is neat to see how people use your music on YT videos. Don’t sweat it. I have had one customer write to me asking to get an ad removed. It was not a big scene nor did anger flair up. Video Producers probably know how to deal with ADREV by now. Anyone with any kind of YOUTUBE video uploading experience knows about adrev and other services like ADREV I’d think.

    My advice would be to start with 50 to 100 tracks, then see what happens in 3 months…then add more. I would not stress out about it and I would not even worry about libraries that disallow it because it just has not been that problematic for anyone. One final thought, I do not add my latest music to adrev simply because I am more interested putting energy into selling licenses. That is where we make our money.

    #27024 Reply
    Art Munson

    Thanks for the input Music1234!

    #27025 Reply

    Thanks Music1234, I didn’t know it was an old thread.
    So, if I understand correctly:
    -AdRev fingerprints my track and owns 20% of YT advertising revenue in perpetuity
    -They manually verify every YT use is licensed (how do they do that?), No automatic takedowns.
    -No one else can lay claim to my track, forever. So this can not happen again

    -In theory, no more false copyright infringement claims for people who bought my track from RF sites.
    -I know where all my tracks are on YT (similar to Tunesat for broadcast?)
    -And maybe I make a few dollars

    Are there many libraries who forbid it? If so, why? I have always said No to any form of YT monetization, so I really don’t remember who forbids it.
    Art, is it easy to add a “Forbids Composer AdRev Participation” block in the library information block?

    Assuming I have 100% control of a Non-Ex track, what is a worst case scenario reason for not joining AdRev?

    I am very intrigued by this. I have one track that should quickly show me how this works, but it is one of my top sellers. I don’t want to shoot myself in the foot either. 😉

    #27026 Reply

    I got claims from AdRev when they first came out. This was on my own videos with my own music (really?). I also got a ton of emails soliciting me to use their service. It kinda felt like a shakedown. (Gangster voice) “Dat’s a nice little business youss got der. It’d be a shame if sumthin’ happened to it.” Kinda turned me off to their service.

    I challenged all the claims on YouTube & they just went away. However, I do know a director/producer who still complains about claims he gets from library music on his YouTube videos. He’s paid for the tracks. He doesn’t want any type of hassle. I know copyright claims are different from AdRev ads but I figure I have better things to do than dance around with AdRev.

    #27027 Reply

    Out of the small pile of tracks I could give Adrev, just the three best performing trailer tracks really make me any significant money – actually more than the other 50 tracks I have with Adrev so far, combined.

    I’ve heard of big trailer music companies making mid five figures every month with companies like AdRev. I think the key is that tracks need to be popular, or if you’re lucky, used on a video that goes viral.

    It’s worth noting that one of the biggest RF libraries has been working with AdRev for over a year now.

    #27028 Reply
    Art Munson

    Now we have this player on the field ole Digital.

    #27034 Reply


    I have made some earnings so far, i estimate that at the current rate i will be making about 60 to 80 per month…

    Your experience is a good sign for monetizing music on YouTube. Are these (containing your music) getting thousands of views? If not, why do you think you’re getting these results without having thousands, hundreds of thousands, millions of views?


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