Even though I did a test upload to see if there are copyright problems, and YouTube claimed there were none, the Cannaflow video became blocked due to three songs in it.
So I have deleted that video, and will return to only uploading single songs that pass the copyright test, if my friend and I cannot create a Cannaflow mix that truly passes the copyright obstacle.
Some songs have no copyright issues, so the videos are never monetized by yours truly. Most have a copyright notice, but the video is allowed with ad revenue going to the copyright owner.
I prefer to not have ads in my content (with the exception of ethical product placement), but do not always have a choice. Ads distract from the intended impact of my work, so I wish that I could simply pay a reasonable monthly fee to not have them — and our community would supply enough financial resources for a healthy improvement.
At least within professional artistry, I believe that you make money by who you are, so not what you do.
In other words, what you do is a part of who you are — and the latter can have so much more value to offer (including professionally).
Restricting artistic expression is a turn-off to me.
If there is a blatant ripoff of my work for someone else’s flagrantly selfish purpose, then I will respond legally accordingly to whatever proper extent that I can.
Feel free to share my work, and if you are creative about it (even if critical against it), then go ahead and extend the expression to match yours in whatever derivative form.
Let the art breathe and grow from worst through best (including the equally valid indifference).
Let the social area of art flourish, so art itself can optimally flourish for us all.
The internet is not the place to try to lock down content. It is the place to connect who you are with whatever area of the world reached.
People, at least to the best of my knowledge, have always found a way to bypass such restrictions — albeit many people might find it difficult (and excessively risky) to access the result of that way.
I created a private list of the artists that blocked our mix, so we can easily avoid them within future Cannaflow mixes. Does that result in more money for those artists? I do not know, but I sense that it does not. What do you think?
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