YouTube Copyright Notice Explained

Digital technology is great, however, when combined with a complex subject such as music copyright it can make things even more complicated.

Sometimes we license music to clients and they use it on YouTube and receive a Copyright Notice. This inevitably causes alarm and confusion.

Quite simply, this notice is telling you that third party content (audio in this case) has been identified on your video. This does not necessarily mean you are doing anything wrong. A Copyright Notice might seem a little scary, but it just means that someone else may own some of the content in your video. This is fine if you have their permission to use the music, or a valid license agreement.

The fact that you have received a notice is *usually because the composer has registered their music in a Content ID system. This means YouTube can track it and display the copyright notice. You will typically have adverts displayed alongside your content as the copyright owner may wish to monetise their content when it is used in videos on YouTube.

*I say usually as this is not always the case. We have known instances with classical music where several parties have claimed copyright. Also, in some cases music has been added to a Content ID system without the composer’s knowledge or consent.

So, the bottom line is… this does not mean you are committing copyright infringement. It just means that the music has been identified as being owned by someone else, which is fine as long as you have permission to use it, as mentioned previously.

Annoying?… Yes.

This is very frustrating when you create a promotional video and your competitors advert appears on your video. For this reason we only work with composers who do not put their music in Content ID systems.

Despite this, sometimes their music gets put into the system without their knowledge or consent. In these situations we inform the composer and do our best to aid the removal of the music from the Content ID system.

This is affecting all music libraries; however, we are one of the libraries who are actively doing our best to keep our library clean of Content ID.

If you have licensed music from us and received a YouTube Copyright Notice, get in touch and we will do our best to help.


  1. says


    Copyright music expiration is not something you should make a primary concern unless you are having issues of someone respecting and/or honoring your copyright at the moment. You should take comfort in the fact that as long as you are alive you are the only one who can assign your copyright to another person.


  2. says

    Yes bit of a shock when the notice “Matched third party Content” comes up on the screen next to a video clip that’s been put up to help the music scene! Our understanding is that venues who hire musicians are the ones who pay the licensing fees to APRA,,,,”The Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) collects and distributes licence fees for the public performance and communication of our members’ musical works.”
    We are of the understanding that this is sufficient application in Australia to allow music to be played live in the club venues. Any restriction on the music being of subject copyright would see an enormous problem for the clubs as the legislation demands that live music be part of the demands of the legislation. This leads to music of a popular demand by the public who are giving patronage to these venues hence the need for them to hold music royalty licensing of popular demanded music.
    The venue entertainment has a following of between thirty (30) on a good night to five (5) on an average night remaining after the time of nine o clock (9pm) to eleven thirty (11:30pm).
    Any copyright demands from the music fraternity would result in the music industry closing down even further and resulting in club venue deterioration to closure.
    Statistics over the last four (4) to five (5) years has produced a very significant downturn of sixty-three (63%) percent.
    We welcome any helpful solutions to the problems of the entertainment industry, when we are of the understanding that licensing is covered by both venues and musicians via APRA.
    The Editor

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