Online Videos and Copyright

Public domain music is a mystery to me.
Public domain music is a mystery to me.

I’ve been thinking about including music on my streams and Youtube channel.

There’s just this problem of what music I’m able to include.

I want to play my typical playlists that I listen to on my own.

But all that stuff is copyrighted!

I can’t play The Beatles, Elvis, or Johnny Cash. I can’t play the modern stuff I like like Katy Perry, Ke$ha, or Barenaked Ladies. Not without getting slapped by a copyright notice.

Youtube has software that searches a video when its uploaded for copyrighted music.

If Youtube finds copyrighted music, it plays an ad before the video. The revenue from the ad goes toward the owner of the music.

Additionally a link to iTunes appears below the video so that someone can buy the music played in the song.

I could live with that eventually, but when I setup my Youtube channel I was looking forward to the possibility of making money off of it. If I use copyrighted music, then the ad revenue goes to the owner of the music instead of to me.

One of my ideas was to play music while streaming and then using editing software to eliminate the music from the audio track.

I have a theory for how I could do that, but I’m not confident that it will work successfully.

If I can’t get that to work then I either can’t play music during my streams, or I can’t profit directly from uploading clips of my Twitch streams to Youtube.

A separate problem that I hadn’t considered is whether its legal to play copyrighted music while streaming.

I’d need to relook at Twitch’s license agreement that I barely skimmed when I first agreed to it.

If it turns out that I’m not allowed to play stuff there then only one option remains for playing music on my Twitch and Youtube channels.

Public domain music.

I have close to zero experience with public domain music and no idea how I’ll find stuff that I will like or that will be appropriate.

I’m willing to give it a shot though!

-Mister Ed

My Love of the Beatles

The first time I remember hearing to the Beatles was I was six or seven years old. I was at my friend’s house jumping on his bed. We decided it would be better to jump listening to some music, so he put a random CD into his CD player. I kind of liked it and he told me it was the Beatles. I found myself singing the lyrics to myself a few days later and making up my own versions of the song. I was into environmentalism and a bit fatalistic so I sang, “We all live in a big trash bag,” instead of, “We all live in a yellow submarine.”

I didn’t think much about it then, but fifteen years later I own almost all the Beatles songs.

My second exposure to the Beatles was watching Yellow Submarine with my parents. I loved the silly little characters and the infinite catch phrases that my family has adopted. My favorite Beatle became Ringo because he was nice to the Nowhere Man.

After watching the movie I insisted that my parents give me all the Beatles music they could find. My parents gave me most of their old CDs. I bought a few at the record store on my own as well. I started listening to them all the time on my walkman. I even started spelling the insect type of beetles as beatles because I thought that was how you spelled it. I took my favorite Beatles CD, the Yellow Submarine soundtrack,  with me to summer camp. I stored it in the same bag as my sun screen. The sun screen leaked out and ruined my Beatles CD case along with my Elvis and The Who best hits CD cases.

My parents told me that Ringo was the voice of the the conductor on Thomas the Tank Engine’s TV show. I freaked out and tried to watch the show whenever I could. I was sorely disappointed when I learned it was no longer on the air.

I still listen to the Beatles quite often. I wouldn’t say they’re my favorite band. That title belongs to the Barenaked Ladies. The Beatles are still the band that I own the most albums of though.

That’s all for today!

-Mister Ed

Valentine’s 2014

My cat "helping" with my Valentine poster.
My cat “helping” with my Valentine poster.

My wife and I have several cute traditions. One of them is making posters for each other for special occasions. We fill the posters with pictures of ourselves, drawings, and notes. I decided to make a poster for my wife for this Valentine’s.

I forbade my wife from coming in to our office and printed off about ten pictures to glue onto some foamcore board we had left over from a school project. My cat helped me by lying down on the pictures to make sure the tape was firmly pressed down to keep them on. I added some extra decoration with hearts and a love note on the back.

I also got my wife a stuffed monkey holding an heart that says, “I ❤ U,” on it.

The crowning present I got for my wife was a playlist CD I made. The songs were:
1. I Will Follow You Into the Dark by Death Cab for Cutie
2. If This Isn’t Love by Jennifer Hudson
3. Without You by David Guetta featuring Usher
4. All These Things That I’ve Done by The Killers
5. Always On My Mind by Willie Nelson
6. I’m Yours by Jason Mraz
7. Love Story by Taylor Swift
8. Can I Have This Dance by The High School Musical Cast
9. Love Like Crazy by Lee Brice
10. When I’m Sixty-Four by The Beatles

The CD is meant to be the story of our lives. The first song frames the story with us reflecting back when we’re old and dying.

The second and third songs are us having fun and starting our relationship in high school.

The fourth  and fifth songs are about my breakup with my wife (then girlfriend) during our first year of college and my subsequent move to be closer to her and the rest of my family.

My wife and I joke about the sixth song. I was planning on proposing to her with it. I got all ready, hit play, and was singing along to it with the ring in my pocket. Then her grandma walked into the room and the moment died. Still, the sixth song represents me asking my wife to marry me.

The seventh song was used during our wedding ceremony. The eighth song was our first dance together (our relationship actually closely parallels that of Troy and Gabriella in the movie).

The ninth and tenth songs are about us growing old together. Then if you have the album on repeat you can go back to our deaths where we reflect on how happy our lives were together.

The album made her and myself cry several times. Successful Valentine’s!

-Mister Ed