Using Drillimation’s Music in Online Videos

As a benefit under our Game Content and Brand Usage Rules, Drillimation does allow music tracks from their games to be used in videos posted to social media or video sharing sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, and Twitch. Please note this is for educational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Please seek your own legal counsel if you need such assistance. This article also answers most of the questions you may have about using Drillimation music in online video content, and what to do if you get a Content ID claim or copyright takedown notice on YouTube or another social media platform related to your video.

Drillimation also complies with Team Shanghai Alice’s IP usage rules regarding the arrangements that were written for the Touhou Project NES Demakes. This article can also help you if you receive a Content ID claim or copyright takedown notice from Rightsscale, which administers the music rights for the Touhou Project games’ soundtracks as well as fan arrangements by numerous circles across the globe.

Am I allowed to use Drillimation Music in my videos and/or livestreams?
Under the Game Content and Brand Usage Rules, you are allowed to use music composed by Drillimation Systems in any video content or livestreams you produce. Please note they are licensed only with their synchronization rights and performing rights are not included. Despite this, you are still allowed to participate in programs that can let you earn revenue from ads you display.

For the Touhou Project NES Demakes soundtracks, Team Shanghai Alice still owns the rights to the original songs, and your use of these songs are also subject to TSA’s IP usage rules. Rightsscale may only allow the music to be used in gameplay videos or as covers of existing songs.

Keep in mind you must obtain a commercial synchronization license if you are using the music in a film, TV show, commercial, or series. You also have to file a cue sheet with your local performing rights society so that they can pay the revenue to either Drillimation or Rightsscale.

Can I post videos of Drillimation gameplay on social media that contain the music?
You are allowed to post gameplay videos containing the music on social media, given if you comply with the Game Content and Brand Usage Rules. Drillimation does not endorse any specific video platform.

Can I monetize videos of Drillimation gameplay that contain the music on YouTube and Twitch?
You are allowed to post your Drillimation gameplay videos to YouTube and Twitch, and participate in programs that can allow you to earn revenue from ads you display either as pre-roll ads, ad breaks, or sponsor ad overlays. You may also generate revenue through solicitation of personal donations or by offering subscription-based or paid transactional video content. Please note YouTube and Twitch both have their own rules about generating revenue using certain copyrighted material.

What do I do if I get a Content ID claim or copyright takedown notice on YouTube?
If your music use complies with the conditions described above and you receive a Content ID claim or takedown notice from either Drillimation, Rightsscale, or any other partner who manages the rights for Drillimation music, you may dispute the claim or file a counter notice in accordance with YouTube’s policies.

To dispute a Content ID claim:

  1. Click Copyright in YouTube Studio, and select the video in question.
  2. Make sure the song is from either Drillimation, Rightsscale, or another Drillimation music partner. If the claim you received isn’t from any of the parties, then Content ID may have generated the claim in error, or the song you used is managed by a different music rights society and you may need to work with that music label to clear the claim.
  3. If you are a hundred percent sure the song is from either Drillimation, Rightsscale, or another Drillimation music partner, select Dispute under Actions.
  4. Check the box that says “My dispute isn’t based on any of the reasons above. I would still like to dispute this Content ID claim.” Then click continue to proceed.
  5. Select “License”.
  6. Check the box that says “I have permission to use the content from the copyright owner.”
  7. Copy and paste the following:
    • If you used Drillimation music in a gameplay video: “This video was created under Drillimation’s Game Content and Brand Usage Rules located at https://drillimation.com/game-content-and-brand-usage-rules/ . Under these rules, this song is allowed to be used in Drillimation gameplay videos.”
    • If you used Drillimation music as the basis for a cover: “This video was created under Drillimation’s Game Content and Brand Usage Rules located at https://drillimation.com/game-content-and-brand-usage-rules/ . Under these rules, this song is allowed to be used as the basis for song covers.”
    • If you used Touhou music claimed by Rightsscale in a gameplay video: “This video was created under Team Shanghai Alice’s IP usage rules located at https://touhou-project.news/guideline/ . Under these rules, this song is allowed to be used in Touhou Project gameplay videos.
      この作品が上海アリス幻覚団の二次創作ガイドラインに準拠して作りました。これらのガイドラインの下で、この曲が東方Projectゲームプレイビデオに使いは許可されています。”
    • If you used Touhou music claimed by Rightsscale as the basis for a cover: “This video was created under Team Shanghai Alice’s IP usage rules located at https://touhou-project.news/guideline/ . Under these rules, this song is allowed to be used as the basis for song covers.
      この作品が上海アリス幻覚団の二次創作ガイドラインに準拠して作りました。これらのガイドラインの下で、この曲がカバーの基礎としてに使いは許可されています。”
  8. Check all of the boxes to ensure you are not infringing the rights of either Drillimation or another Drillimation music partner, Team Shanghai Alice, or Rightsscale.
  9. Enter your full legal name and not your channel name.
  10. Click on Submit.

Keep in mind there may be some claims that they may not be able to clear. Sometimes you may have to carry this into the appeal and/or counter-notification processes. Please note Drillimation may not be able to assist you over takedown requests on any social media channel and there is no guarantee you will be successful in defending any claim or takedown notice.

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