YouTube shows video creators what copyright restrictions their audio will face

9 12 2014

On Monday YouTube announced that it will list the copyright terms of tracks found in its Audio Library. That way, video creators can search for a track and see how particular copyright restrictions will affect video before it’s ever uploaded.

Previously, there was no real way to know how audio tracks that were laid over a video would affect the video’s status on YouTube. The video-sharing platform has long used the controversial ContentID system to enforce copyright, automatically scanning uploaded videos for infringing audio. If such audio is found, the video is flagged or even removed until the video creator mutes the audio in the video, blocks the video from being seen, or, if the option is available, monetizes the video so that the rights holders get a cut of the profit from a pre-roll ad shown before the video starts.

With the new feature in Audio Library, video creators can see whether an audio track will affect playability in certain markets (YouTube will prevent videos containing copyright for certain tracks from being played in, say, Europe or Canada). Creators can also discover whether a track can be monetized (that is, whether a copyright holder will let a video creator use the copyrighted audio in exchange for a cut of the profit from pre-roll ads that run before the video).


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