How Does YouTube Know When My Music is Being Played?

Through YouTube's Content ID System


Content ID is YouTube's automated, scalable system that enables copyright owners to identify YouTube videos that include content they own. As your publishing administrator, we automatically deliver any songs in your account that has at least one recording / ISRC attached to it to YouTube’s Content ID system. YouTube then uses this reference to scan uploaded videos for matching content. When a match is found, YouTube applies our preferred policy, which is to monetize the video in question. 

However, this system does not always work when attempting to find and claim live and cover versions of songs. So to combat this, we allow clients to manually claim these videos as long as the video has over 10,000 views.

If you find a video like this with over 10,000 views, you can manually submit it for claiming via your Youtube Monitor in your account under the 'Manual Claims' tab. 

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Please note that we can not monetize videos that do not meet YouTube's new eligibility requirements (as of February 20, 2018). In order for us to place ads on and monetize a video, the video must be on a channel that has at least 1,000 subscribers, 4,000 hours of watch time over the past 12 months, live in a country/region where the YouTube Partner Program is available, and have a linked Adsense account.


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