Stay calm and take a deep breath. A YouTube Content ID claim is not an emergency and there's a very good chance we can help out. We’ll explain.
Think of Content ID as a big robot. This robot watches years of footage every day, and lets people know when their music is being used on YouTube. So when you upload your video, it lets the copyright owner know their work is being used — and you get a copyright claim. This claim is merely an artist saying, “That's my work!” That’s it. Often times they'll use this as an opportunity to monetize the video by putting ads on it, but we'll get to that in a bit.
An important note: if you have a license, DO NOT DISPUTE THE CLAIM. We can’t emphasize this enough. Ultimately, it's up to the copyright holder if they want to monetize their content or not. The best thing you can do is contact us! For most of our artists there's a great chance we can get ads cleared. When you dispute a claim via one of YouTube's options (i.e. "reasons you think the claim is not valid") it can ultimately lead to a strike on your account if the copyright holder rejects your dispute.
Claims exist because the artist still has the right to take advantage of their work being used, even though you purchased a license. The video can still be monetized by the copyright owner. They can either run ads on the video for profit, or track the video to see how it’s doing. The good news is that it doesn’t impact who sees your video or the terms of your contract with Musicbed at all. That being said, if you'd like to monetize the video for yourself, you can reach out to our licensing team to get more details on acquiring that license.
Curious what to do if you get a Content ID claim? You have a few options:
That’s right. You get the awards and fame, and the artist gets some cold, hard cash for their great music. Content ID claims are not a bad thing, and as long as you licensed your music correctly, you can just sit back and watch those views pile up on your awesome video.
If you’re having any issues with Content ID, the best thing you can do is contact us. We can help.
If you see 'Musicbed' as the claimant on your video, that means we're claiming the copyright on our exclusive artist's behalf. This is great news for you, because we have authority to clear the ads! Just reach out to our friendly customer service representatives. For artists we don’t exclusively represent, we can reach out on your behalf to ask to have them removed — but there aren’t any guarantees there. The good news is the majority of our catalog is exclusive!
We’re going to repeat it because it’s that important. Disputing a claim is not what you want to do because it could lead to big, fat strike on your account. If you’re not cool with ads on your video, just contact us.
First. Content ID claims are not the enemy. They’re just a “heads up” from one of our friendly artists, and they don’t affect who sees your video or where.
Second. Never dispute a claim. It could get you a strike on your account.
Third. If you want ads removed, the best thing you can do is contact us. We’ll do our best to get ads cleared, which is possible in most situations.
Fourth. Keep on making great YouTube videos, because we love watching them.
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