Storyblocks and YouTube have a copyright problem

Storyblocks is a royalty-free media subscription service that allows you to get stock photographs, audio and video to use in your products for a flat monthly subscription. I have used the service for a while and I like it, with a few caveats. One of which being if you use the music they provide on YouTube, you are constantly getting copyright claims against your videos.

It’s annoying because you have to go in and appeal each one. YouTube recently made this process more complicated so it now feels there is an even heavier presumption of guilt. These appeals are not monitored by YouTube but are considered by the copyright owner who can decide to accept or reject them.

Worse, one of my recent appeals was rejected even after I explained I had paid for a licence with Storyblocks. Storyblocks don’t seem to have a downloadable licence so it’s not clear what would happen if I re-uploaded a video if I ever left Storyblocks. What’s the point in paying for licences when they are not respected?

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