Some kind of electric deer moonlighting as an Audio Moderator.
Posted by Peregrinus - July 7th, 2018
[TL;DR - Uploading NCS music is a violation of both the Terms of Service for Newgrounds as well as the terms of license for No Copyright Sound. Uploading NCS music to Newgrounds, credited or otherwise, WILL result in removal of the offending media and a ban at staff discretion.]
There seems to be a lot of confusion about NCS: what it is, what the title means, and how licensing works. The confusion stems from the name of the label (and it is a label) which people assume means you can just post it willy nilly with no consequence.
WHAT IT IS:
No Copyright Sounds is a UK-based music label which signs independent artists. Those artists are paid for their work by NCS, which in turn licenses the music royalty free for use on/in YouTube and Twitch content.
Their official mission statement is as follows:
NCS is a Record Label dedicated to giving a platform to the next generation of Artists in Electronic Music, representing genres from House to Dubstep via Trap, Drum & Bass, Electro Pop and more.
NCS makes its full catalogue available to Creators for use in their YouTube & Twitch content safe from infringement, with every NCS release available as a free download. - If you're a brand or a commercial organisation interested in using NCS music, please get in touch at email@example.com
There are a large number of signed artists under the NCS label, with some coming and going as their contracts terminate. Wikipedia has a nice list of these signed artists.
WHAT IT ISN'T:
A song released under NCS branded channels are not available to be publically posted by end users. The end user is allowed, following the license agreement, to USE music licensed under NCS in videos they create on YouTube, or to play on a Twitch stream without copyright strikes against their channel. Licensing outside of YouTube and Twitch requires a specific license agreement, to be made with NCS. The music still has to be properly credited in the following format:
Full title of the track
Link to the track (NCS YouTube)
Credit to artists via their social media links
NCS music is only allowed on YouTube and Twitch, because NCS has arranged a license agreement which avoids copyright strikes. NCS does NOT have this relationship on other sites. They have stated that while you could in theory use music from an NCS signed artist on Facebook/Instagram/etc, you will likely receive a copyright strike which could terminate your account.
By the same terms, they state that you CANNOT use NCS signed music in games, movies, or anything monetized as it counts as commercial use and requires a direct license with NCS and the user. This ensures that NCS and the Artist gets a fair share of the monetization for the service they provide.
WHY THIS MATTERS:
Newgrounds is an independent website, not owned by a large corporation. The audio portal has been around for over a decade, allowing aspiring independent artists to create and submit music shared within the community. The audio portal gives these artists exposure, and allows other content creators (who make games and movies for Newgrounds) a place to find music under a Creative Commons license.
Here endeth the lesson.
Posted by Peregrinus - June 16th, 2018
Spent the past week 7 hours away from home to see my wife’s family and attend a funeral. It was a nice service.
Rural Southern Ontario really is like Letterkenny. I brought it up to the relatives and they didn’t even try and deny the fact. Their neighbour was even named Wayne. He drives a semi truck.
Posted by Peregrinus - May 15th, 2018
Carrying over from the Audio forum topic "Cant use my song for Geometry Dash?", so we don't keep beating that dead horse and pestering the OP.
No sign, rules list, or combination thereof will ever stop 100% of the unwanted outcome. But it can prevent 95%. I don't know what the stats were like right around the time custom GD levels were released, but I understand "pretty bad" is an understatement.
Currently, since my job is actually pattern analysis (and just going from casual memory) there is an average of 10-15 stolen audio submission on Mondays through Thurdsays, then it increases through Friday to peak on Saturday at around 25-30 submissions. I might dig back to see what days are most common per source (NCS, anime opening, etc). If a small change can reduce even 5 submissions a day (more is better), that's less to flag, less to have mods remove, and less risk of a Big Label filing a DMCA.
Some psychology behind my background colour choice: if its good enough for construction signs and school busses, it's good enough for an AP warning. Also, orange aids in decision making and understanding. The shift from dark to light orange is a bonus, since it goes from aggressive caution to reassurance. They just want to play a fun game. Newgrounds wants to not be in litigation.
I can make the .psd files available for anyone with more artistic talent than I have. I've used Ps Elements 7, so I can't guarantee forward compatability.
Another unrelated thought, which I suppose could cross-thread to "Ways to improve the Audio Portal?" would be to have the option "Allow external API use" disabled for non scouted users. I don't know if that's a thing, I was grandfathered in to the scouted section so apparently I'm "reliable" and "trustworthy".
The images below would ideally (out of my lane for deciding) replace the current passive blue one, and link to a locked sticky explaining why this is the way it is, and how the process works (aka, hope RobTop-senpai notices you).
Tags for input etc, restricted to those who participated in the discussion (feel free to tag others, I don't want to flood the inbox of everyone).
Edit to say that image 2 seems most agreed upon. I changed the original text "geo dash" to the full name of the game. Some variations are below:
Version 2a: black shadow, full size demon
Version 2b: white shadow, full size demon
Version 2c: white shadow, smaller demon
Version 2d: black shadow, smaller demon
Version 5a: (because continuity is for chumps) white border, small demon. Greasy edit because I suck at lineart.
Version 5b: black border (pending need)