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Resolving YouTube Copyright Notifications

If you use your music to create a YouTube video, then at some point you’ll probably receive a “Copyright Notice” from YouTube. These notifications are very common, so if you haven’t received one yet, you’re bound to sooner or later.

I’m here to put your mind at rest, to explain why these copyright notifications appear, and how to resolve them quickly.

Why did you receive a notification?

YouTube uses automated software (usually not a real person) to scan the content of its videos and if it detects that the music in your video is the same as some music that is used in a video that belongs to a third party, it will automatically initiate a copyright claim and place a notification in your video manager that says something along the lines of: “Matched third Party Content”.

These notifications are quite common. Heck, I even get them on videos that I’ve created with my own music! Fortunately they are usually resolved with ease.

A word of reassurance

Copyright notifications can be unnerving as they give the impression that the music you used in your video is a breach of copyright law. So I want to start by reassuring you with the knowledge that if you have purchased royalty free music from us then you DO have the right to use it in YouTube videos. In other words, the "Matched Third Party Content" notification is a false claim, but you must address it anyway or else...  

What happens if you ignore the notification?

If a copyright notification is applied to one of your videos, any of the following can happen:

1. Advertisements may be run over the video to monetize the content and compensate the third party for the use of their content.
2. Your video may be blocked or even removed entirely.
3. The sound may be muted.

I think you'll agree that it's in your interest to address these notifications promptly.

How to resolve a copyright notification

You can usually dismiss these notices from your YouTube account with just a few mouse clicks.  Below is an example of a YouTube copyright notice that was sent to me by a customer who used our royalty free music in one of her videos.

Notice the link at the bottom to “file a dispute”. 

1. Follow this link to dispute the claim.

2. You will then be presented with a number of response options. One of those options will be something like:

"I have a license or written permission from the proper rights holder to use the material."

Select this option and then select "Continue".

3. The following screen will ask you for additional details or an explanation (a reason for your dispute). I recommend that you enter the following information at this point:

A license to use this music was purchased from Using this music within YouTube videos is permitted by the license terms which you can view here:

4. Submit / confirm your dispute.

What happens next? 

In almost all cases, YouTube will withdraw the copyright claim within 14 days with no further action required on your part. Occasionally YouTube will ask you for proof of purchase of your music, in which case a copy of your music purchase receipt will be all you need to provide.

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