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…By listening to true metal!

This is real. I’m not kidding.

By now, you should know about the YouTube Copyright Wars. If you don’t, here’s the deal: Warner Music Group, not just one record label, but a whole alliance of them, is going berserk over copyright claims. If your video has music from them, it’s going to be flagged and removed sooner or later. Some people have suggested ideas like switching to a different site (like what?), using Creative Commons-licensed music, or firebombing the WMG headquarters. Here’s an idea: Use music that WMG doesn’t own.

Wait, WMG doesn’t own all the music in the world after all?

No, they don’t. Quite a few lesser-known record labels are outside WMG’s grasp. These labels, interestingly enough, include Century Media, Nuclear Blast, and Spinefarm- the Big 3 of Extreme Metal. Listenable Records is also okay, as far as I can tell. Sadly for you metalcore kiddies, Roadrunner Records is owned by WMG, and Metal Blade uses them for distribution. That means no Trivium, Machine Head, Killswitch Engage, Slipknot, pre-Rest Inside The Flames 36 Crazyfists, Unearth or Job For A Cowboy for you. You can find a list of the labels WMG owns here: if your favorite label shows up there, don’t make a YouTube video with background music anytime soon. (Also casualties of this battle are Opeth- Ghost Reveries and later- and Amon Amarth. Both will be missed, especially the latter.)

So what does that leave? Here’s a short list of bands that should get past the screening:

*huge breath*

Children of Bodom, In Flames, Soilwork, Mors Principium Est, Kalmah, Lacuna Coil, Gojira, At The Gates, Sonata Arctica, Ensiferum, Iced Earth, Nevermore, Dimmu Borgir, Firewind, Dark Tranquillity, The Agonist, Scar Symmetry (with exceptions), Cryptopsy, Nightrage, Nightwish (with exceptions), Behemoth, Strapping Young Lad, Arch Enemy, Norther, Bloodbath, Hyocrisy, Shadows Fall (with exceptions), Keep of Kalessin, and Wintersun.

“With exceptions” means that some of their material is off-limits. These albums, to be specific:

  • Scar Symmetry – Symmetrical In Design (Metal Blade)
  • Shadows Fall – Threads of Life (Roadrunner)
  • Nightwish – Once, Dark Passion Play (jointly Nuclear Blast, Roadrunner, Drakkar)

Haha, no more “The Poet And The Pendulum” AMVs. 😉

Still, that leaves a fair amount. I got away with posting a video of Tremulous, an open-source game (CC = no copyright claims) soundtracked by Soilwork’s song “Exile”, from “Sworn to a Great Divide” by Nuclear Blast. It’s still up.

Now go out there and stick it to the man!

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One Comment

  1. Excellent work. Time to get my sweet revenge on those bastards! They can NOT take my Sonata Arctica away and I have the perfect song in mind too. Going to go make my “WMG Can’t Stop Me Now!” video now so, GREAT THANKS TO YOU MY FRIEND.
    \m/ ROCK ON FREE ONLINE MUSIC! \m/


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