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.

Please note: This system does not always discover live or cover songs. To combat this, we let clients manually claim any videos that have more than 10,000 views. This can be done via the “manual claims” tab in your dashboard’s YouTube tools. 

We cannot monetize videos that do not meet YouTube’s current eligibility requirements. In order 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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