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How does YouTube Content ID work?
How does YouTube Content ID work?
Updated over a week ago

With YouTube Content ID, you can monetise the use of your music across the entire YouTube platform.

YouTube Content ID allows you to claim royalties - not just on videos you have uploaded, but from other users' content too.

You can claim royalties from:

  • User-uploaded live performances

  • Samples or uses of your music in all YouTube videos

  • Unplugged sessions and tour videos that contain your official audio

As a YouTube-certified company, Ditto can register your music for YouTube Content ID.

YouTube Content ID is available on our Release Builder for all Ditto Pro and Label subscribers.

Is my music eligible for YouTube Content ID?

It is important that the music you are opting in for Content ID is eligible to avoid falsely claiming other people's content. These rules apply equally to YouTube and Facebook.

We cannot deliver your music to Content ID if:

  • You have purchased or leased beats from a producer under a Non-Exclusive Licence

  • You have an Exclusive Licence for your beat but it has previously been sold to other parties by the producer under non-exclusive terms

  • Your track is already registered for Content ID with another provider, either by yourself, the producer or any one else involved in the creation of the track, such as Tunecore, Distrokid, Adrev, Haawk, RouteNote etc - and will not be registered with another provider without notifying us first.

  • If your release contains samples, beats, loops, sound effects, or other audio downloaded from sample libraries or other public sources. This includes sounds that are available from GarageBand, Ableton, Logic, Fruity Loops, Splice, Youtube Audio library, Facebook Audio Library, Epidemic Sounds or any other royalty-free audio providers.

  • Your track is a cover version or a remix of another song, karaoke or “soundalike” recording.

  • Your track or elements used to create it are available under a Creative Commons Licence.

  • It is production music that you licence to third parties under Sync Licencing Terms.

  • It is Public Domain content including but not limited to: Religious Songs or Hymns, Classical Music, Children's Nursery Rhymes or Songs, Holiday Songs.

  • It contains any ambient sound effects (like nature sounds) or binaural beats, meditation, yoga, or sleep music.

  • It is Generic Instrumentals.

  • It is Compilations or Various Artist releases that you don’t own the master rights to for every track on the release.

  • It is video game audio, TV, or film soundtracks (unless you are the publisher).

  • It is music that is used as an Intro or End Cards in videos on Youtube (this includes “Like and Subscribe” clips) either on your own channel or any other channel on Youtube, for the intent of monetising content that Youtube would deem as ineligible for monetisation.

  • Your EPs or Albums contain some original tracks, but other tracks are ineligible as outlined in the above criteria.

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