Unfortunately no. YouTube’s Content ID is a system designed to match any video using the sound recording references it’s been provided, ie: your music. Once it’s found a match, it places our claim on that video and our match policy to monetize. It's perfectly fine if you gave a video creator permission to use the song. However, we will be collecting the monetization for the video on your behalf because you have opted in for the program that does just that. YouTube can only monetize on behalf of one entity (you.) The claim on the video will not prevent video content creators from continuing to use the song and have that video available on YouTube, it will only prevent them from making money off of it (monetize.)
Now, if you have allowed a video creator to monetize your song on their own video, you have a few options:
- You, as the copyright holder, can contact us with the request to release the claim on the video. You’ll want to make sure you contact us with the email address associated with your account, username, the song featured in the video, and the video ID.
- You can provide the video creator with a license and/or receipt, that they can provide when submitting a dispute against the claim within their YouTube account. Lots of people use a google document for the proof of permission, then share the link in the body of their YouTube dispute.
- You can opt-out of the YouTube Monetization program and allow ALL creators who use your music to monetize on their own. The purpose of the YouTube Monetization program is to monetize any and all videos that contain your music (third-party videos.) If that is not what you would like, you can opt-out of the program entirely by canceling it from within your account.
*Please also note: Our ability to collect ad revenue on YouTube, will be dependent on if the video claimed belongs to a channel that has been accepted into YouTube's Partner Program (YPP) Channel must have more than 4,000 valid public watch hours in the last 12 months and have more than 1000 subscribers), and the video must comply with YouTube's Advertiser-friendly content guidelines.