Copyright in our (“Website”, “we”, “us” or “our”) works follow the United Kingdom laws. Other countries may have different restrictions. While some works are considered Public Domain in the UK, this isn’t true in many parts of the US. Please make sure you are aware of your own laws.
This page will discuss our right as applied to here in the United Kingdom and EU maybe included.
Understanding Public Domain
Just because something is “Public Domain”, doesn’t mean everything isn’t copyright protected and you can freely use it however you please, when you like, however you like.
There is also no excuse like “It’s fair use”. We aren’t lawyers so we can’t give advise to you about this. “fair use” also doesn’t give you the right to do “however you please”.
Also, “fair use” would not apply if you are considering to earn money from the content otherwise you’d need to get permission first.
Even though Public Domain works belong to the public, any modifications, alterations or new arrangements of these work are considered new works and therefor become under new ownership and enter copyright status.
Sheet Music Rights
Sheet music we use are in Public Domain meaning these are not protected by copyright. They are exact copies and we cannot stop others using the work and we have no claim to copyright on the work.
Sheet music in Public Domain that we have re-arranged or altered in someway are under copyright protection. We will provide links so you can buy these score unless we choose to give it away for FREE.
Audio Recordings Rights
Please note that our audio recordings are ALL copyright protected by “Studio KonKon” and “TheClassicalMatt”. Please ask permission before using and re-sharing in your own original work (not exact or similar duplicates).
Sound recordings will have an individual copyright separate to the underlying composition. If the underlying composition is in the public domain, it does not follow that a sound recording is.https://www.copyrightservice.co.uk/…/p10_duration
We avoid using already existing recording unless otherwise stated.
All visual content belongs to us completely. Please don’t re-upload. We DO NOT give permission for any re-uploads of our content. If you need to use it as some sort of background prop on a screen of say a film or TV, please contact us first.
Any material we use that is licensed is either in creative commons or we have had permission to use. Usually as stated in the video or article descriptions.
This document was last updated on October 18, 2018
Questions & Answers
I used one of your recordings and got a copyright claim.
That’s because our audio recordings are under copyright protection as stated above. If the claim is not from the following, I would advise you dispute the claim:
- None Available
Also make sure the claim is registered under the name “Matthew Bunting”, “Studio KonKon” or “TheClassicalMatt”.
I got permission from you to use an audio recording in my commercial work.
Please let me know the video URL to your YouTube video, and which company claimed the video and I’ll try to release it for you, but I can’t guarantee it will work. You can also try disputing the claim.
Of the one who claimed isn’t on the list from the previous question, it’s a fraudulent copyright claim. I would advise you dispute the claim.
Fraudulent Copyright Services
Below is a list of malicious Copyright Management Services to be aware and very careful of. These business issue fake copyright claims on original or Public Domain content in an attempt to steal revenue from creators. They refuse to release claims and may even tell you to delete and re-upload or rejecting disputes in attempt of revenue theft.
- SME (A French company, not Sony)
- Re-one sensation
Red text in the list means these businesses will go as far as destroying your content, blocking worldwide and even issuing a court notice. Knowing that unless you’re rich, it’s not worth disputing as it will cost more than what you earned. This is theft of revenue rightfully belonging to you.
Amber text in the list means these businesses will not release claims in an attempt to steal revenue. Usually claims expire after 1 month meaning any revenue will be delayed and returned. To avoid this, they may tell you to delete and re-upload your content so they can keep any revenue that originally belonged to you.