My Backing Tracks Policy

For you musicians and creators, not to affect your YouTube channels, I have let my backing tracks free from YouTube copyright content ID claim. This is an important part of my backing tracks policy.

Please, read carefully the following article to better understand what you can and cannot do with my tracks and how to credit me

My backing tracks are free to use on YouTube, Facebook, SoundCloud and Vimeo, and you will not receive a copyright claim. This is because I have disabled the content ID option for YouTube to let people upload my background music without receiving a copyright claim. If you receive one, it is a distributor abusing the content ID system, it is certainly not me. Should that happen, contact the distributor claiming the track ASAP.

You can use them for live performances and teaching purposes, I’d be more than happy. If you post your performance over my backing track on YouTube, SoundCloud, Facebook or Vimeo, please do not put Nick Neblo in the title (this will affect the search of my channel). Simply put the link to my backing track in the video description ‘Backing track by Nick Neblo + link’ and you can also add an end screen (YouTube feature). On YouTube you can use this tag #nickneblobacking at the end of your description.

If you use Instagram, it would be prefereable to credit me ‘Backing Track by Nick Neblo’ directly embedded in the video, as Instagram does not support external links. If you can’t do that, simply put @nickneblo or #nickneblo as tag.

Please contact me first if you use platforms not mentioned above. Leave a comment below my YouTube video. I’ll answer as soon as I see it.

Can I release an official track using your backing track?

At the moment the answer is NO. Due to the way the system works, I am afraid you cannot officially release music containing my sound recording through a record label or distributor. This is because my tracks are already released and if you re-release it, it might either be rejected or create a double. This would strongly affect my YouTube channel. If you are unsure how copyright works, please read this article. Remember you will need an official release though a record label and/or distributor to have your music on Spotify.

Should I stream youR backing tracks, buy them or download them illegally?

This is up to you. It goes without saying that creating a professional studio quality backing track requires hard work and it is time-consuming. I record each guitar twice to give you wide real stereo-imaging. At times there are more than 6 rhythm guitars. The bass guitar is always played and never simulated. All takes are played until the perfect take is reached. I mix and master everything with accuracy to give you the highest possible quality I can, and, the sound of real instruments. I work with professionals in the field who give me feedback on how to improve my tracks.

You can stream them from YouTube, you can find them on Spotify. You can also buy Mp3s 320 on all stores, and high quality lossless uncompressed *.wav or *.flac files on BandCamp. Click here to check my BandCamp catalogue.

Just remember that any software or plug-in that illegally downloads from YouTube gives you a worthless file. Despite being saved as mp3s 320kbps, the effective quality is always encoded from an AAC 128kbps or if you’re lucky, 192kbps compressed streaming format. Therefore, the quality of your so called ‘Mp3 320’, it might be worse than a 128 Mp3 file ripped from a CD. This means all the frequencies below 35-40hz and above 16-17000hz will be lost. If I were you, I’d go for the 320 on stores or the uncompressed (so you do not need to convert the file).

What can happen if I release one of your tracks without legal permission?

My tracks are officially released and the sound recording is copyrighted. If someone takes one of them and releases it again, adding some sounds, vocals or as they are (it doesn’t matter if they mention my name or credit me), two things can happen:

1. If you or your record label go through a professional distributor, e.g. RouteNote, they will scan all the tracks in the market and see that my track is registered and already released. As a consequence, they will not allow you to sell it. The same will happen if you take another track from the market already released, famous or not, sing something or change it, and release it as yours. You will have some consequences, depending on each copyright holder’s policy.

2. If you or your record label go through unprofessional distributors, e.g. Believe Music, Tunecore, they might not check and therefore release it anyway. After you’ve submitted your release, they will send a copyright claim to my YouTube channel to claim monetisation or block my video. At that point, I will have to counterclaim, lose monetisation for a month and go through a lengthy process. The distributor will then ask you to provide proof of ownership of my backing track and if you fail to do so, depending on the distributor, you will have consequences. It seems that Believe Music and Tunecore have already been sued by many artists, so I strongly discourage new musicians to join them.

How some multinational distributors overuse the YouTube content ID claim system

To make you guys understand how bad this has turned, in 2018 I have received about 50 claims from unprofessional distributors. All those claims appeared on videos which had more than 100.000 views. Most of the time, this happened because some people released a track taking my instrumental music without permission. Some might have done it in good faith, not knowing how copyright works, but the distributor saw an opportunity to make money on videos with many views.

Consequently, I had to waste time, lose money and deal with multinationals which would not release their claim on my channel until the deadline. Some apologised. Some ignored. Fortunately due to my prior registration and their lack of proof, after a month I was able to restore the videos which were temporarily demonetised or even blocked. (Many of you asked me to re-upload them, thinking I had deleted them intentionally).

My tracks are always registered prior to their release, therefore I always hold proof of ownership and no distributor can prove the contrary. At the moment I am legally well protected and fortunately it is becoming increasingly difficult to try and steal my work, even for multinational corporations.

Other options to release music inspired by my backing tracks

If you want to release a track because you like my music and the progressions I use, you will have to create your own sound. Unfortunately, at the moment, this is the only this possibility. You can use the same chords. Chords cannot be copyrighted unlike melodies as mentioned in this article.

However, if you sound too similar to my track, I might receive a claim and I’ll have to counterclaim. It has to be different enough. The best choice is to take the chords I have used and make a totally different arrangement, your own style. I believe coming up with your own sound is much more creative and rewarding.

I wish all musicians good luck, success and a lot of fun!

IN THE FOLLOWING VIDEO I SPEAK ABOUT THE TOPIC OF COPYRIGHT