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Help! My YouTube video has a Copyright claim on a music track!

YouTube Content ID Claim

Help! My YouTube video has a Copyright claim on a music track!

As a video creator and professional videographer, I’ve seen it many many times. A customer uploads a new video and BAM! YouTube issues a notification of a Copyright Claim on the music soundtrack contained in your newly uploaded video.

Your first reaction is “Oh no! We’ve done something illegal!”

Relax. If you have worked with WorkCabin Creative, you haven’t.

Welcome to the prolific world of YouTube where Copyright Claims now get issued every second of every day. Don’t worry, as a professional video creator, WorkCabin Creative only uses audio tracks that are 100% royalty-free and legally licensed. We are licensed to use our tracks on both commercial and non-commercial projects worldwide in perpetuity. That covers your video too, as the client that we service.

WorkCabin Creative buys annual subscriptions to several reputable and industry-leading audio track licensing platforms.

What happens if a Copyright claim is placed on a video you upload to YouTube?

Don’t worry! WorkCabin Creative has got your back! We can fill out a form through our service provider with the claimant’s name, the link to your YouTube video and the link to the specific track being claimed. You can find all this information in the Content ID notice sent to you from YouTube.

This keeps happening to my videos, what gives?

YouTube’s original system for cracking down on copyright infringement involved issuing cease-and-desist notices to infringing users and/or removing the video from YouTube. A few years ago, YouTube devised a system that would allow copyright holders to submit content to YouTube and their Content ID system would find videos that used that content. The copyright holder (or an agency acting on their behalf, which is usually the case) would then place a copyright claim on the video and begin collecting royalties for the copyright holder. If the YouTuber that made the video wishes to keep using the music being claimed, they can, but they won’t get any monetization from it. They can also opt to either replace the music from YouTube’s collection of royalty-free music, dispute the copyright claim, or remove the video entirely.

Essentially, copyright ID claims are a compromise between getting a C&D notice and letting anyone use any content in their videos whether original or not. It’s not a perfect practice and leaves much to be desired; but when it comes to music that is actually licensed to someone for commercial use, copyright claims are designed to make sure that the video maker has the rights to use that media in projects.

Imagine someone else using this same content for free when you paid a professional video creator to make your video and use properly licensed music. This system prevents that from happening.

Gregg McLachlan
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