How to dispute a YouTube Content ID claim

On the rare occasion you might get a Content ID claim against you, this handy guide has you covered.

Copyrights and YouTube

One of the biggest pains in the rear about YouTube is getting your copyrights straight. Back in the good old days, people were jacking music tracks and videos willy nilly. But not anymore. YouTube has become somewhat infamous about handling copyright situations.

But that’s fair right? You as a content creator yourself should understand that. After all, you don’t want people ripping your hard work off either, do you?

That’s why you’ve come to us. The advantage of using stock music is it makes dealing with YouTube Content ID claims a lot easier. It’s not stolen content, because you’ve paid for it and you have every right to use it.

That’s not to say a Content ID claim won’t happen though. Mistakes, though rare, do happen and sometimes YouTube’s algorithm or some claimant makes a mistake and misidentifies the music. There’s no reason to panic. Here I’ll explain the process. First about how claims are made, then on to do about them.

Remember the most important thing though is the rule of 42: Don’t panic. Getting a content claim against you won’t bring your show to a halt. Usually you can sort the situation out without any interruption to your channel.

So if you feel your heart skipping a few beats, just take a deep breath and read on.

How Content ID claims are made

The majority of Content ID claims are made by the clever YouTube AI gremlins. Their cold, lifeless synaptic processes aren’t perfect though, and they do make mistakes just like humans. Which in the science fiction world might be a frightening aspect, but in the YouTube world of content it’s easy enough to sort out.

When the Content ID gremlins search YouTube, they first look at all the content that’s been uploaded by someone who qualifies for Content ID, such as Viveo or Comedy Central. They see if it matches and if it is close enough, it flags it. This is most often where mistakes are made.

The second way a Content ID claim is made are by the actual content owners themselves. Sometimes these are because artists have licensed their music to others. These companies that peddle in copyrighted works will often troll YouTube as well, with their own army of legal murder hornets frenzying for an attack.

Did I just break the law?

No, you didn’t. It’s important to keep in mind that though your music may have been flagged, it doesn’t mean that YouTube necessarily thinks you’re doing anything illegal, or you’re being accused of it. It just means that they recognize you’re using copyright protected music. Which is true, but you’re not doing anything wrong as you have a legitimate license for it.

Just because they set upon you though, doesn’t mean an interruption of your channel. Often these murder hornets are actually just little honeybees trying to protect their hive and aren’t malicious. Sometimes it’s just some artist or small-time company who’s got a jumble of licenses and doesn’t know the extent of who’s legally allowed to use their music. Since we often contract out with musicians who also license their music to other projects, sometimes this can admittedly get a bit convoluted.

It’s very unlikely that the murder hornets are going to chase you down, since Create Music has the right to sell any kind of license on the music we offer. It could happen that somebody else or the AI bots mistake the music for some other, but that is also easily cleared up.

What happens when a claim is made?

When a Content ID owner first sets up their content, they have a very detailed set of options and can even allow their work to run up to a set amount of time before these options are triggered.

An owner’s options are:

  1. Monetize: Means that a commercial or ad will automatically be inserted into your work.
  2. Track: Means that it just gives the owner a heads up on what’s going on, and they can choose what to do from there.
  3. Block the video: ‘Nuff said. The option for the major Karens out there. This isn’t an automatic process though and still requires a few layers.

These don’t happen immediately, and they require a back-and-forth with the defendant (you). The YouTube gremlins flag the content and alert the alleged owner. The owner then can choose to go forward or to ignore it. Since it’s not their content, they will most likely ignore it. But if they continue the dispute, no problem. Read on.

It can also happen that they’ve matched you up with one of our posts of affiliates’ posts. No problem there either, obviously. In that instance, you can either just dispute it and write your Create Music ID, or more likely, do nothing. Either way your post is safe.

Where is my license?

You have the license and have 100% every right to use anything purchased from our original music library. Don’t worry.

You can find your license by hovering over your account information on the Create Music website, clicking “Downloads”, finding the track in question. Then downloading the box marked “PDF”. You may need this license if the dispute goes far enough, but more than likely it will be dropped before this point.

How to dispute a Content ID claim

If a Content ID claim is made against a Create Music track, dispute the claim immediately. Log into the YouTube Studio and select “Videos” from the left menu.

You’ll find the disputed video marked under the “Restrictions” column, or you can filter the list by “Copyright claims”. Hover over “copyright claim” under the “Restrictions” column and select “See Details”.

You’ll now see a list of disputes on that video. Under the “Actions” column, you can click the pull down and then click “Dispute”.

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It will ask you to confirm eligibility. Check the box and click continue. Next click the box next to “license” and press continue. Click the box regarding permission. And then in the box under “Provide rationale”, explain that you purchased a license from Create Music and cut and paste your license text.

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The claimant will then have 30 days to do something about your dispute. They can choose to release the claim, uphold the claim, do nothing and let it go, or submit a copyright takedown request. If you’ve monetized the video, YouTube will still collect the money, but won’t release it to you until the dispute is resolved.

Now, 99% of the time this is where the dispute will end. The other guy will recognize their mistake and move along or it was just a mistaken bot, which won’t press the issue anyway. But a murder hornet is a murder hornet, and when you get one they’re not going to go away easily into the dark night. If they submit a copyright takedown request or uphold their claim, then you’ll have the right to appeal.

How to appeal a Content ID claim

If the claimant has rejected your dispute, then you have the right to appeal their rejection. It’s at this point you’re probably shaking your fists at the computer screen wishing they had a human to sort things out over at the YouTube office, but such is life.

Log into the YouTube Studio and select “Videos” from the left menu. You’ll find the disputed video marked under the “Restrictions” column, or you can filter the list by “Copyright claims”. Hover over “copyright claim” under the “Restrictions” column and select “See Details”.

Now you’ll see the “Select Actions” list again, but this time with the option “Appeal”. You’ll need to have verified your account before being able to appeal, so if the option doesn’t come up, that’s probably why.

They now have three options in this most-annoying multiplayer edition of Choose Your Own Adventure. They can let it be, release the claim, or again request the removal of your video. If they choose this last option, you’ll get a “copyright strike” and your video will be taken down.

There is a very infinitesimally small chance that the claim will make it this far.

But don’t stop there!

Submit a counter notification.

How to submit a counter notification

Now you’ll get a chance to stake your claim, and also get to remove that strike.

Again: Log into the YouTube Studio and select “Videos” from the left menu. You’ll find the disputed video marked under the “Restrictions” column, or you can filter the list by “Copyright claims”. Hover over “copyright claim” under the “Restrictions” column and select “See Details”.

Now under “Select Actions” you’ll see the option, “Submit counter notification”. Click here.

YouTube will now let you state your side of the story. Just say that the music was purchased from Create Music, who also created the music. Cut and paste your license into the text. The problem will then absolutely go away after this, as the next level of recourse is to go to court. But once the claimant sees your license, then they’ll finally realize they have no hope of winning at court and will drop the case.

Remember, if you get a claim, it’s not the end of the world. Just remain calm and go through these steps. Good luck and contact us if you need any help, or check out YouTube’s page on Content ID claims for further information.

2020-06-04T15:35:11+00:00June 4th, 2020|YouTube|

About the Author:

Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA, after a long bout of traveling the world, Shawn Basey finally settled down in the fantastic town of Tbilisi, Georgia in the steps of the Caucasus Mountains. Working as the main blog and content writer and editor for Create Music since February 2020, he also plays accordion, makes electronic music, writes novels, and helps bars, podcasters and YouTubers in the behind the scenes during his free time.