As part of the standard AWAL agreement, we can send your recordings to YouTube Content ID which allows us to collect YouTube generated royalties on your behalf. When Content ID locates your recording in a user-generated video on YouTube, a ‘claim’ will be placed on that video. These claims generally do not result in the take down or blocking of the video, but rather help us monetize the use for you.
Content ID allows us to also monetize your recordings on your standard artist channel, so you’ll see claims placed on your own videos as well unless you’ve whitelisted the channel. If you notice one of your own videos has been blocked, it could be for one of the following reasons:
- You’ve uploaded 4 or more tracks within one video. YouTube has updated their policy on full album uploads in one video, so any videos containing 4 or more claimed album tracks will now be blocked from playback. There isn't a workaround for this, so we advise against uploading your full release in one video.
- You’ve disputed our claim. If you’re opted in to Content ID we will place claims on any videos where your recordings are located, including your own. If you dispute these claims multiple times, YouTube’s policy will cause a block of the video to be put in place. If you need to remove a claim on your video, please do not dispute the claim on YouTube but rather please get in touch with us via the Contact Us page on your Portal.
We cannot block YouTube videos by request, so if you believe someone has uploaded a video using your music without your permission you’ll need to file a copyright claim with YouTube directly.
From the AWAL Academy: For more information on working well with YouTube do check out this quick overview of the platform from Aaron Bogucki (Global Head of the Audience Development team at AWAL).