Content ID and How to Remove and Clear a YouTube Copyright Claim Notice

Did you receive a copyright notice from AdRev for using my music on YouTube? The claim is merely informing you that your video contains copyrighted music registered with the Content ID system. It is not a penalty but a notice. All my licenses cover commercial YouTube use. Considering you purchased the license, the claim can be easily removed.

What is Content ID?
Content ID is a popular digital fingerprinting system that content creators can use to easily identify and manage their copyrighted content on YouTube. Videos uploaded to YouTube are compared against audio and video files registered with Content ID by content owners, looking for any matches.

How to find out which of your videos have claims?

  1. Log in to your YouTube account
  2. Go to Video Manager
  3. Look for ‘Includes copyrighted content’ links next to each video
  4. Click on the link to view the details of the copyright claim

How to find out who issued the claim?
Click on the ‘includes copyrighted content’ link to view the details of the claim. Look for the claimant in the ‘Copyright Details’ section.

What is AdRev?

AdRev (and other companies such as Audiam, TuneCore, etc) are YouTube Partner platforms that use the Content ID system to manage and administer this copyrighted content on behalf of content owners. They in turn provide users with various information such as which videos their content is used in, tracking of unauthorized uses, viewership reports, and distribution of any monetization earnings.

How copyright claims affect your videos?
AdRev claims do not affect the availability of the video, however, YouTube may start showing ads in your video. If you are a YouTube partner and monetize your videos, you will not be able to monetize on that video until the claim is removed.
  1. AdRev copyright claims are NOT copyright strikes and do NOT affect your YouTube account.
  2. Your video is not being removed or muted for copyright violation.
  3. YouTube merely informs you that it detected copyrighted music in your video and needs further information from you.
If you don’t mind the ads showing in your video, you can simply ignore the claim.

How to Remove and Clear a YouTube Copyright Claim Notice

A copyright notice does not mean that copyrights have been infringed, and this shouldn’t be confused with a YouTube “copyright strike”. It’s simply a notice to advise that YouTube has detected Content ID registered content within the video, and that further information/action is needed.

Again, if you’ve licensed my music, you will be easily able to clear this notice and you shouldn’t have anything to worry about.

Clearing a YouTube copyright notice is a very straightforward process. You can remove copyright notices in the following ways:
  1. Send me the link to your video preferably with the order number to speed up the processing (you can find this number in the order confirmation email). 
  2. Contact AdRev support and let them know that you purchased the license that grants you the right to use particular music track on YouTube. You can include the confirmation email as proof of proper licensing.
  3. Dispute via YouTube’s built-in form. See below for details.



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