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Answers to your most frequently asked questions

Why did I get a copyright notice from YouTube?

Content ID is a technology that exists for three reasons: a) it allows content providers to identify when videos incorporate their content, b) it allows YouTube to generate revenue by placing advertising next to content that has been included in the Content ID program and identified in uploaded videos (this is shared with Content ID partners) and c) this revenue stream allows YouTube to offer its amazing free video sharing service to hundreds of millions of users like you.

What is a YouTube Content ID Notice?

This is a notice you receive when a video you’ve uploaded contains content, either video or music, that YouTube identifies is owned by someone else. Rumblefish currently only has music content enrolled in the YouTube Content ID system.

Did I do anything wrong?

You didn’t do anything wrong and no action is required by you.

I own the video I recorded, not you!

That’s exactly right. YouTube and Rumblefish ARE NOT CLAIMING ANY RIGHTS IN THE ORIGINAL VIDEO FOOTAGE YOU CREATED. The YouTube content ID system asserts claims on music content represented by Rumblefish that you have likely included in your video. The video is yours, the music is ours, both parties retain ownership of their separate assets. Exactly how it should be.

What happens to my video/account now?

Your account is not in jeopardy and your video will not be taken down. YouTube will monetize any video that includes claimed content.

I have a license to use the song in a video from the content owner, why are you claiming it?

If you have licensed a claimed song for use from Friendly Music, any other music licensing company or the artist/label/publisher directly, a YouTube Content ID claim does not impact your license in any way. Think of it like this: When you pay for gas for your car to drive down the freeway you don’t get to turn off the billboards on the side of the freeway. A licensed song and advertising on a free social video site are related but not directly connected in any way.

The license you secured is most-likely a “synchronization” license between you, or a company that you are affiliated with, and the owner of the music copyrights that you are using in your video. A YouTube Content ID claim does not call into question the validity of your synchronization license. Your use of YouTube’s free service to broadcast the video has no connection with your license relationship whatsoever. The claim of a video by the YouTube Content ID system is simply for the purpose of identifying content in order to generate revenue by placing advertising near, around, before or after the video in order for YouTube to continue to provide the video sharing service for free to users.

I bought a license from Friendly Music, why did I get a copyright notice from YouTube?

If you purchased a license from Friendly Music, you’re 100% legal and good to go. You have done nothing wrong by using the song you legally licensed and your video will continue to stream from the YouTube website in all territories that YouTube legally operates in. The YouTube Content ID system sent you a notice because it has identified, via our partnership with YouTube, that your video in fact includes a song from Rumblefish / Friendly Music. YouTube uses the Content ID system to identify content on its system in order to compensate artists when it places ads next to videos that include that content. You’ve done your part, done the extra mile and have licensed your use. If you received a notice for a piece of music or video content that you included in your video that was not provided by the Friendly Music website, your video may be blocked or muted. We can only speak to music made available via our website.

I don’t want advertising next to my video, I don’t like it.

YouTube provides a free video sharing service for hundreds of millions of users. The way that YouTube generates revenue to pay for the service is via advertising on pages where content has been identified. Supporting the Content ID system helps keep YouTube free for everyone and it’s a small price to pay.

What if I dispute the claim?

Your video will not be taken down because of a claim in relation to Rumblefish content. If you believe one of the following facts to be true, you should dispute the claim and it will be reviewed within 48 hours: a) the YouTube Content ID system has misidentified the music in your video as a song you did not include in the flagged video or b) you own the identified music content that has been claimed outright and have not designated a third party to claim and monetize the content in the YouTube Content ID system.

If you have secured a synchronization license from an owner or representative of the claimed music content in your video, this alone is not a basis to dispute a claim.

I used GarageBand, iMovie or other pre-loaded editing software to create my video, why are you claiming it?

Video creators often use musical content from pre-loaded editing software such as GarageBand, iMovie or Sony Vegas to create the soundtracks in their videos. Artists sometimes use the same software to create portions of their original works. From time to time, tracks from pre-loaded software are misidentified by the YouTube Content ID system and mistakenly attributed to a third party music provider. If you used a pre-loaded software in the creation of your video and a claim was errantly generated on your video, please submit a ticket containing your video’s URL so that we may investigate.