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I'm creating some music for my animation series. I'm working in LMMS, using mainly the DSK orchestra VST. I have just one fear. I fear that after I make the music, upload it to YouTube, in a couple of weeks, I get a copyright strike for infringement.

I assume the chances of making a piece too similar to an already existing piece, is high, especially since the music I'm making is very simple, modest orchestral music. That approach serves my animations perfectly, but at the same time creates this worry for me -  less notes, less elements, higher the chances for it to be too similar, if not exactly the same as a piece by someone else...

Perhaps one way to avoid that (apart from making it from scratch myself) is to put the music I make through an app / software which recognizes music, but I'm not sure if that would work for any piece of music I make and publish...

Do you know of any other way to avoid such a scenario?

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I assume the chances of making a piece too similar to an already existing piece, is high

that's quite true!

especially since the music I'm making is very simple

Don't worry, all melodies I know are related with others. If one will strike for copyright ... just tell me and I will show them a dozen of other tunes that already existed before someone came with a new song in the last 70 years.

The chance is bigger that you could come with conflict a really new style (but this is not new because of the rhythm or the melody but rather by the typical voice and performance).

Perhaps one way to avoid that (apart from making it from scratch myself) is to put the music I make through an app / software which recognizes music, but I'm not sure if that would work for any piece of music I make and publish..

That's completely useless. I can tell you, this app exists in the brain of every experienced musician and he can tell you that this melody already exists or is similar to another - and not only in 2 bars or some 2 phrases it could be a whole verse. Perhaps he will say in the first moment: I just can't remember! but he will find it out. I can sit down and improvise or play some chords or motifs and after 2-3 bars I fall in a tune of which I think: what a lovely one - but a few days later I find out that this melody would have been stolen from this and that song.

Mind that all other successful songwriters have exactly the same problem as you. ;)

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    I can't understand your third paragraph when you say "you could come with conflict a really new style." – Bladewood Feb 8 at 18:35
  • I only meant a musical conflict - nothing legal ... – Albrecht Hügli Feb 8 at 19:14
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    I disagree that the app would be useless. No musician will have as extensive a database in their mind as that app. I'm not suggesting that the human is useless and the app is perfect. I'm just saying the app has some value. I don't think the response "just tell me and I will show them a dozen of other tunes that already existed before someone came with a new song in the last 70 years" is helpful because that's not a rebuttal YouTube would accept. The copyright strike would stand, regardless of whether we can find examples of melodic similarities elsewhere, etc. – jdjazz Feb 8 at 21:29
  • I agree with you that an app like “melody finder” is not useless: I could identify the title of this well known piece ;). youtu.be/dCQPK9VbeRA – Albrecht Hügli Feb 8 at 22:28

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