It’s an unfortunate reality that in the age of the internet it takes minimal effort for criminals (and often home users who don’t think they are ’doing much harm’) to steal your music and either use it without your permission or sell it for their profit.
An enormous amount of music is illegally ripped from popular social network sites such as YouTube and Soundcloud.
Why is music stolen?
There are two categories of music theft.
The first is large, well-organised global operations that steal music on an industrial scale and upload it to their sites – predominantly hosted in Russia and Eastern Europe – to sell as cheap MP3’s.
The second is individuals who want to use your carefully crafted track in their project and don’t want to pay even a small amount for it.
I’ve experienced both of these scenarios. In one case someone stole one of my most popular tracks, then proceeded to upload it to a library I was already selling it on!
Thankfully the library soon removed the track and the user account once I reported it to them, and had proved the original track was mine, but I’ve no doubt the culprits only went ahead and created a new account, and began uploading other stolen tracks.
Unfortunately, this is only one of the incidents I know about, and I’m sure there are many more I’m unaware of.
It’s impossible to prevent music theft in its entirety, but there are a few reasonably easy steps you can take to minimise the damage.