Is the Camtasia Studio music copyright free?

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I have a question. I'm making an intro for my Youtube channel and I need to know if the music that comes in the libary with Camtasia Studio is copyright free. Is it?
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Dave O'Rourke, Senior Software Engineer

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The license for the use of the Library content is covered in the Camtasia Studio 8 License Agreement, which can be found here: http://assets.techsmith.com/Docs/pdf-...

Section 12.2 speaks most directly to the use of the Library content.

Hope this helps.
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Sorry about that. Here's an updated link: http://assets.techsmith.com/Docs/pdf-...

The software license is also installed on your machine, as a file named License.txt in the Camtasia Studio install folder.
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Hello,

Please can you confirm that the audio clips preloaded in the media library can be freely used in any video?
I'm referring to the sound clips with names like 'Sledge Hammer', 'Piano Lounge', 'La Ti Da' etc.
I just need to be 100% sure that there are no restrictions on using these clips - even in videos that may be used commercially.
Thanks in advance for the clarification.

Best wishes

Alec

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
All media library content is free to use?.
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Hi Logan and Dave,

Thanks for the link to the licence agreement.

At the top of section 12.2 it says:

"By way of clarity, TechSmith and its suppliers and licensors, specifically, without
limitation, Digital Juice and Stock20, hereby grant to You a non-exclusive, fully-paid and royaltyfree, license to use, record, reproduce, distribute, publicly display, modify, create derivative works of, alter, copy, frame, link, archive, transmit, public perform, fix and otherwise use the Library Content in synchronism or time relation with images and use any mechanical or any other subsidiary rights related to the Library Content throughout the world as necessary to create Your Content in connection with Your use of the SOFTWARE PRODUCT or SOFTWARE or Service only, subject to any additional terms, conditions or restrictions as referenced in this section, section 22 and the Addendums set forth below."

And then a little further on, there is this paragraph:

"(e) You shall not use the Library Content as part of a product, program or service or any
electronic format intended for multiple distribution or licensing, including, without
limitation, templates for web sites, software programs or services, video games
and game consoles, etc."

I am creating a series of video tutorials, to be made freely available on YouTube. Does this constitute 'multiple distribution' according to the paragraph above?

If so will I need remove the Camtasia audio clips from my videos before posting to YouTube? ( I had planned to use one of the Audio Clips in Camtasia at the start and end of my video - it would be a shame to have to lose the clips, because the video is better with sound, but I don't want to be in violation of the licencing agreement).

Thanks in advance for the clarification.

Best wishes

Alec
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Alec,

Your intended use is covered under the agreement. The audio clips included with Camtasia Studio are meant for use within our product for the purpose of creating your own videos, which you may then distribute as you see fit.

We've licensed the use of these clips from Digital Juice and Stock20 on behalf of Camtasia Studio users, so that they can use them with the Camtasia Studio product. So they're free for you to use as part of your videos that you create with Camtasia Studio.

What you aren't allowed to do is to steal these clips to include them in your own product, service, game, etc. So for example, let's say you're building your own software, and you like the clips that come with Camtasia Studio. In this case, you would need to contact Digital Juice or Stock20 to license these clips for your product.

This should be common sense, but I understand that it can be difficult to parse this meaning from the legalese.

Disclaimer: my comments here do not supersede the license agreement in any way. I'm just trying to help answer your question.

Hope this helps.
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Hi Dave,

Thanks for your reply.
That's great news!
It's good to know I can move ahead with my tutorial videos and post them to YouTube complete with sound intro!
Many thanks once again.

Alec
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Am I allowed to include the music for other things as livestreams?
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If you're using the audio clips outside of Camtasia Studio, then no. For this case, you'd need to contact the vendor of the audio clips (Stock 20) and work out the license fee with them directly.

Again, the clips have been licensed for use with the Camtasia Studio product, and may be used in projects that you create with Camtasia Studio. You can then distribute the video that you've created as you see fit.

The full terms are in the License Agreement linked above. I'd encourage you to read it, especially section 12, and consider your case in the context of what's written in the license agreement.

Disclaimer: my comments here do not supersede the license agreement in any way. I'm just trying to help answer your question.
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I have Uploaded a Video on youtube and there is a music from camtasia studio 8 so what I have to do to make it monetize as youtube is asking for copyrights.

As youtube has Sent me this Mail-

We need to verify that you are authorized to commercially use all of the audio elements in your video such as:

Royalty-free music requires: the song title, artist name, a direct link to the track, and a link to the terms
If you are the artist, please provide us with your name, song title, the composer/publisher, and music label (whether you own or not)
Music you created using software or other music requires that you identify the program used and its terms
Original compositions from third parties require written permission from the rights’ owner(s) stating that you are permitted to use their content commercially containing the video’s URL
For a musical composition in the public domain, please link us to a primary (original or scholarly) source demonstrating the status of the composition

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Song Copyrights for Youtube Monetize..
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Ritesh,

I think the section from the YouTube note that applies is...
>>Music you created using software or other music requires that you identify the program used and its terms

If you've used the music tracks that are supplied with Camtasia Studio 8, then you should be able to reply and tell them that your use of this music is covered by the Camtasia Studio 8 license agreement. The license agreement is installed with the product as a file named License.txt (in the install folder), and also maintained on the website. Here's the latest version as of today: http://assets.techsmith.com/Docs/pdf-...

Please note that this advice does not supersede the license agreement in any way. I'm just trying to help answer your question.

Hope this helps.
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So currently you can download music from Techsmith.com and I've got a question on this;

If you were to upload videos with that music/themes etc. onto social medias such as YouTube, would you need to get a copy write form or not use that music?

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
YouTube and social media along side Techsmith and it's resources (copy writing).
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sad that the music/themes stopped getting posted on TechSmith for Camtasia
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Letter of intent - Audio - copyright notice.


Some of the Screencast video uses "Letter of Intent" audio and now I'm getting copyright notice..

Your video is available and playable.Here are the details:
  • "Global Publishers Canada Inc.-Les Objets, Les Verbes Et Les Personnes À L'école En Anglais", sound recording administered CD Baby
Isn't it a royal free music?

Is there any page with information about this, so that I can dispute ?
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that's exactly what I got. They aen't showing Stock20, but rather that Global Publishers Canada Inc.-Les Objets, Les Verbes Et Les Personnes
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Can I make intros using the Camtasia Studio themes and then sell them to my clients? I am referring the themes such as: "Digital Stands", "Dance Steps", "Calling Lights" etc...
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Anyone getting DMCA takedowns due to Camtasia audio selections?.


I uploaded a video to YouTube earlier today. I received a DMCA [copyright infringement takedown notice about 20 minutes ago from YouTube on behalf of Zimbalam.


Zimbalam, which seems to be an international group to monitor and chase people, with or similar to RIAA, says I am using an audio clip from its collection, called, "Nisula-Skid Den."  In my world, that audio sound fie is known as "Aurin Bee" from the Camtasia music track collection.

So, anyone else getting these kinds of things?

I am not used to having licensed software, which provides "extras" that get me tapped as a copyright infringer/illegal downloader. All other software I own which provides artwork and music, are internally flagged somehow. These files should be, too. 

TechSmith, can you help us?


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Dave - The music tracks in the Camtasia Studio 8 Library were licensed by TechSmith from Stock20 so that you can use them royalty free in the creation of your project within Camtasia Studio.  The use of this content is covered by section 12 in the end user license agreement for Camtasia Studio 8:
http://assets.techsmith.com/Docs/pdf-camtasiaStudio/Camtasia_Studio_8_for_Windows_TSLA.pdf
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thank you. I've sent that in my appeal with YouTube.
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Any updates on your appeal Dave? 

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One more thought Dave: I can understand your frustration with "getting tapped" by youtube as if you've done something wrong. Based on what you are describing, this seems like it is entirely due to a technical error.  The song you used (appropriately) from Stock20 is not remotely similar to the song cited as the alleged infringement...   

Only a handful of Stock20 customers have run into issues like this.  The good news is, that all of them (of which I am aware) have been quickly resolved by sending in an appeal.  

Some additional thoughts if anyone is interested: 

Youtube takes the position that while sometimes their notices are unwarranted, this is something that Youtube users accept when they choose to use the Youtube platform.  So it's important to understand that receiving a notice from Youtube  is not the same thing as an actual "copyright infringement" legal claim.  It is a part of the mechanism that Youtube is using to make money.  

This is why (at this point) I have chosen not to register any of the music I have composed with their revenue system. For now, it seems that this greatly reduces the number of issues that my customers encounter as compared to music from other royalty free libraries.  

The world of music licensing is changing faster than ever right now.  The decentralization of content creation and the expansion of auto-detection technology will require some adjustments.  

I'm working on some adjustments I can make which will allow Stock20's customers to approach this issue more proactively when using Stock20's music Youtube project.  

Any input is welcome....

Best Regards, 
Daniel Rudd
Primary Composer & Owner
www.Stock20.com

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By way of introduction, I'm the primary composer and owner over at Stock20.  Youtube's audio detection program is less than perfect at this point, and I've been working on some ways to make it easier for clients to deal with unwarranted notices for legitimate music use.  David, if you can send any more info on this, I'd be happy to help you further.   -Daniel
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Dave O'Rourke, Camtasia Product Owner and Daniel Rudd,
I've not heard back from YouTube, but the case still remains there without any status updates. The video with audio remains online.

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Thanks Dave,
Does this negatively affect your video? Do you have any contact info from this Zimbalam group? 

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