How Does YouTube Know When My Music is Being Played?

Keep things sorted with Content ID.

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YouTube’s automated Content ID system enables copyright owners to identify videos that include their content. As your publishing administrator, we automatically deliver any songs in your account that have at least one ISRC attached. YouTube uses this reference to scan uploaded videos for matching content. When a match is found, YouTube monetizes the video in question according to our guidelines.

You can be confident that videos that qualify to be monetized are being claimed on your behalf and can use the Songtrust YouTube Claims page to discover and track all successful claims.

We cannot monetize videos that do not meet YouTube’s current eligibility requirements. For us to place ads on a video, it must be on a channel that has at least 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of watch time over the past 12 months; is based in a country/region where YouTube’s Partner Program is available; and has a linked Adsense account.


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