Digital technology is great, however, when combined with a complex subject such as music copyright it can make things even more complicated.
Sometimes we license music to clients and they use it on YouTube and receive a Copyright Notice. This inevitably causes alarm and confusion.
Quite simply, this notice is telling you that third party content (audio in this case) has been identified on your video. This does not necessarily mean you are doing anything wrong. A Copyright Notice might seem a little scary, but it just means that someone else may own some of the content in your video. This is fine if you have their permission to use the music, or a valid license agreement.
The fact that you have received a notice is *usually because the composer has registered their music in a Content ID system. This means YouTube can track it and display the copyright notice. You will typically have adverts displayed alongside your content as the copyright owner may wish to monetise their content when it is used in videos on YouTube.
*I say usually as this is not always the case. We have known instances with classical music where several parties have claimed copyright. Also, in some cases music has been added to a Content ID system without the composer’s knowledge or consent.
So, the bottom line is… this does not mean you are committing copyright infringement. It just means that the music has been identified as being owned by someone else, which is fine as long as you have permission to use it, as mentioned previously.
This is very frustrating when you create a promotional video and your competitors advert appears on your video. For this reason we only work with composers who do not put their music in Content ID systems.
Despite this, sometimes their music gets put into the system without their knowledge or consent. In these situations we inform the composer and do our best to aid the removal of the music from the Content ID system.
This is affecting all music libraries; however, we are one of the libraries who are actively doing our best to keep our library clean of Content ID.
If you have licensed music from us and received a YouTube Copyright Notice, get in touch and we will do our best to help.
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