When we deliver your music to Content ID, a unique fingerprint is created for your audio. YouTube then uses this fingerprint to locate your audio in User Generated Content (YouTube videos). When there’s a match, a copyright claim will be placed on the YouTube video. Claims generally do not result in takedowns or blocking of videos (though you should verify your AWAL agreement's policies) but they do allow us to monetize the use of the audio on your behalf.
On occasion, we can release claims on a specific video if you send us the URL of the video. If you’re planning to use YouTube as one of your main promotional tools, though, it may be worth considering opting out of Content ID altogether for the time being to avoid claims being placed. Additionally, if you regularly use royalty-free loops or beats in your tracks, you should request to opt out of the service as we aren’t able to match and monetize against audio that is not original.
We can also whitelist your own YouTube channel so that videos you upload there will not be claimed or monetized when opted in to Content ID. We generally only recommend this if you’re already monetizing your channel through a third party service, or with YouTube directly. We cannot whitelist third party channels that you're featured on. If you'd like us to whitelist your channel, please send through your Channel ID and we can process that for you.
Content ID is an opt-in service, which means you can opt out at any time. Just a heads up, this is done at the account level, rather than for each product. This means opting in or opting out will affect all products in your AWAL account.