Stay calm and take a deep breath. A YouTube Content ID claim is not an emergency or even a bad thing. In most cases, it’s nothing more than a digital high five. We’ll explain.
Think of Content ID as a big, friendly 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, “Thanks for using my work!” That’s it.
An important note: if you have a license, DO NOT DISPUTE THE CLAIM. We can’t emphasize this enough. When you do that you're telling Youtube that you own the copyrighted material, they’ll deny your dispute, and you’ll get a strike on your account. Once you get three strikes, your account gets terminat-ed. Hasta la vista.
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. Simple, right?
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 smile, give the artist an air-five 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.
Our customer service representatives are friendly professionals who also happen to be more-than-capable at ping pong. They can also help with your Content ID claim. Don’t want any ads in your video? Ask us! For artists we exclusively represent, we can most likely clear ads from the video no problem — there will still be a claim, but no ads. 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’s a sure-fire way to get a 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 “thanks” from one of our friendly artists, and they don’t affect who sees your video or where.
Second. Never dispute a claim. It’ll probably get you a strike on your account, and that makes us very sad.
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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