Title is pretty wordy, so I'll begin with an example.
Jincheng Zhang is an artist who adds slight voice-overs to popular free music, and often becomes the default result when you Shazam a song, as a smart device 'what's playing?' or other algorithm-determined methods. This generates a significant amount of 'free' clicks per month that make it more difficult for music fans to identify music.
Popular free song: Up Above - Letter Box - https://youtu.be/ChXFqY_-BSc
Jincheng Zang's 'copy' song": Fatigue - I love you - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAR3-G9jBe0
As you can see by a quick 15 second listen, the copy has very slight voice clips added to the music, and additionally, the music is 'fuzzed' a little bit, similar to how laptops and low quality speakers render this music. This makes it a 'more unique match' by measure of tools like Shazam, Google identify song, etc. Both of those services identify the 'copy' from playing the first 10 seconds of the original song.
This was discussed previously on this forum here: (long google webcache link which is a cache of https://musicfans.stackexchange.com/questions/7562/is-jincheng-zhang-copying-instrumental-work-of-others
I'd like to
- Ask if there are general laws about this somewhat unique issue: taking 'undeserved clicks' by modifying free music for profit
- Find out if there's a way to report this to services like Shazam, Google identify, they seem fully algorithm based at this point.
- See if anyone else has experienced this in similar forms and found success in doing so