UniqueTracks has recently received support calls from a few of our customers that have licensed music and then posted their video to YouTube only to have their video flagged for copyright infringement by YouTube’s automated Content ID system.
This seems to be affecting our classical music recordings primarily. Apparently the problem lies with multiple recordings of the same work. For instance, any recorded version of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, will trigger a content infringement flag at YouTube because a single recording of the work has been claimed using YouTube’s Content ID system. There are thousands of recordings of this symphony.
YouTube has been ramping up efforts to take copyright infringement on its site seriously. However, its automated audio detection system does incorrectly flag recordings that have been legally licensed.
What should you do if your legally licensed music gets flagged by YouTube’s Content ID system?
- Dispute the infringement claim. Go to your account on YouTube. Now go to your Video Manager section and click the video that has been flagged by YouTube for infringement. You dispute the claim by choosing the link “I believe this copyright claim is not valid”
- At the prompt, check the the option that says, “I have a license or written permission from the proper rights holder to use this material”.
- Submit your response. During this process you will have a chance to write directly about your case and at that point you should say that you have legally purchased and licensed the music from the UniqueTracks Production Music Library. You can give your order number and purchase date.
Unfortunately, YouTube does not let third parties get involved in copyright infringement disputes. UniqueTracks cannot argue your case with YouTube. The video owner has to dispute the claim.
To try to help you with your claim, we have created a private section on our site where, with your permission, we post your actual license as a pdf file. We create a direct link to your license with your full contact name, company name, video name and then the full text of the license. The license is then signed by our director, John Bickerton.
We encourage you to submit this link to YouTube with your dispute. The folks at YouTube only have to click the link and up pops your full license on our site (our URL) showing your purchase and legal rights to use the music.
So far, this has worked very well and no one that has come up against copyright infringement claims using UniqueTracks recordings has lost a dispute.
Contact us directly if you come up against this problem with YouTube. It mostly affects our classical music recordings.
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