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Copyright Policy

How all this works

Music produced by Declan DP is royalty-free. Royalty-free is defined as material that can be used without paying royalties each time you get paid. You still need to license the music, even when material is royalty free. Declan DP remains the worldwide copyright holder of all material released unless stated otherwise.

Licenses can be either for free or may need to be purchased so please make sure you have a valid license. For music by Declan DP, YouTube and Instagram licenses are free but for any other website / platform, a license will need to be purchased.

Purchasing a license is not the same as paying royalties, royalties are earned every week / month from the video you make whereas a license gives you permission to use the music in your video in the first place.

Sometimes, you may see phrases such as "Copyright-Free" or "Copyright-Safe", these terms have been created by users searching for material which is Royalty-Free. Please do not assume that if material is tagged as "Copyright-Free" that you can steal it or use it without licensing as this is not the case and will result in a copyright claim.

When would you submit a copyright complaint?

If the music released by Declan DP is infringed in any way, Declan DP may submit a copyright complaint to either protect the material, the reputation, or because the end-user does not have a valid license. This process can not be disputed because you need to follow the rules or have a valid license in order to use the material in the first place.

Please see the other policies such as the Usage Policy and License Policy for information on what you can and can't do as well as how to license the material properly.

Declan DP does not have any obligation to contact the end-user before submitting a complaint and certainly has no obligation to retract a copyright claim / strike.

As a user of the material, it is your responsibility to make sure that you use any material that you do not own properly but most importantly, to contact the copyright owner before uploading the material if you have any doubts or questions. 

Contacting the owner first will most likely mean that you will end up using the material properly and therefore, you won't receive a claim.

I received a complaint, what do I do?

If you have received a copyright complaint then you can contact Declan DP with as much information as possible. Declan DP will usually ask for your Channel / Profile URL, the video URL which has been removed, and a screenshot of any notice from YouTube / Facebook or any other platform.

This information will help Declan DP locate the material and any evidence held. 

Once this has been received, Declan DP or a representative will usually contact you within 24 hours with an explanation of why the material was used and would usually give advice on how to improve so that the same mistakes do not happen again. Where applicable, Declan DP may also attach evidence of the infringement to further prove that the end-user has done something against the policies.

Declan DP does not accept any threats, abuse, or blackmail from anyone. All emails / messages are stored and will be used as evidence in a court of law, Declan DP has every right to remove any material containing material by Declan DP when an infringement has occurred.

 

Please understand that you are not the first and certainly not the last person to receive a copyright notice. You will need to take ownership of any wrong doing and make sure that you improve so that you do not receive any other notices in the future.

I received a complaint that I do not think was submitted by Declan DP, what do I do?

If you have received a copyright complaint then please contact Declan DP as soon as possible with as much information as possible. Declan DP will usually ask for your Channel / Profile URL, the video URL which has been removed, and a screenshot of any notice from YouTube / Facebook or any other platform.

This information will help Declan DP locate the material and any evidence held.

Please do not dispute the claim unless instructed to do so by Declan DP because if the claim is valid, you may be entering into a legal process unknowingly. 

Please allow Declan DP to complete the dispute process once it is verified that the claim is false. If this is the case, depending on the situation Declan DP may then ask you to dispute the claim but most of the time, it is not necessary and the issue can be resolved without any extra work on your part.

Declan DP will work as quickly as possible to resolve the matter and would never submit false claims or attempt to take away people's revenue.