This article explains copyright claims on YouTube and why you might be seeing one from CD Baby, how to dispute a claim in order to have it released from a video, and how to request a manual claim.
- I got a message saying that CD Baby is claiming my song on YouTube
- I want to dispute a claim or have CD Baby release a claim
- I don't see claims on my videos yet
- How to submit a manual claim request
I got a message saying that CD Baby is claiming my song on YouTube
The claim notice you're seeing in your YouTube account is actually correct per the YouTube monetization program you opted into with CD Baby! You've received what is called a Content ID claim (this is NOT a copyright strike).
The claim from CD Baby means that YouTube’s Content ID system has identified your music in the video and has placed a claim for monetization. This tells YouTube to place an advertisement on the video which then allows CD baby to collect ad revenue on your behalf.
Rest assured that CD Baby does not own your content or copyright. We are just administering its use on YouTube as a result of your participation in the Content ID program. If you'd like to continue using YouTube monetization services there's no need to take action.
Disputing, releasing, and handling monetization yourself
The best and quickest way to have CD Baby release a claim is to dispute the claim directly within your YouTube account. This link shows you exactly how the process works and the steps to take within YouTube. Below is what we'd like you to include in your dispute.
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🔷 If you are a CD Baby artist, your dispute must include the following note:
"My name is (YourName), I am a CD Baby artist (YourUsername) and I wish to handle my own monetization on this video."
Our content ID analysts will review all the disputes received and release the claim on the video. If you fail to enter the above statement in your YouTube dispute, including the CD Baby username, the claim may be reinstated, so it is very important to include the statement and username.
🔹 As an alternative, you can Opt-out of CD Baby’s YouTube monetization program completely. This will remove your music from YouTube’s Content ID program and stop claims from being placed on your channel as well as on any other third-party uploaded videos that contain your music.
To do this, log into your CD Baby account, click "Sync, YouTube, Facebook & Instagram Licensing" and choose the release you'd like to remove. Flip the toggle to the off position for "Collect YouTube Money" and hit "Save Changes."
🔷 If you are a channel owner with permission from a CD Baby artist or you are the CD Baby artist and you gave permission to use the music ad-free, you may dispute our claim inside your YouTube account, but please include a link to a google document that shows that you have permission to use the music ad-free. You may also have our client contact us to state that you have permission to use the music in your video ad-free, and they will need to give us the CD Baby account username.
🔷 If you are an artist or content creator disputing a claim by a CD Baby artist , the same applies: dispute the claim directly from within your YouTube account, click here for more information.
My video was blocked on YouTube
YouTube implemented a content management rule in August of 2019 that blocks all uploads of an entire album. Occasionally, YouTube will also block any video that contains two or more tracks from the same album.
Keep in mind that another reason for a block on YouTube is if your video contains copyrighted material for which the copyright owner has set a block policy on YouTube. In these cases, we are unable to do anything about the block and you would need to refer back to YouTube directly.
If you uploaded your entire album, you should dispute the claim directly from within your YouTube account.
I don't see claims on my videos yet
When Content ID claims your video, you’ll get an email from YouTube, but you can take a look inside your YouTube account as well. Here's how:
- Sign in to YouTube Studio.
- From the left menu, click Content.
- In the Restrictions column, if a video has a claim on it, it will be labeled Copyright claim.
- Hover over Copyright claim in the Restrictions column and click SEE DETAILS.
- Click the down arrow to expand the claim details.
If you have not received a claim on a video when the content has opted into YouTube Content ID for longer than 3 weeks, or you published a new video 3 weeks ago that is still not claimed, we can manually claim it for you.
How to submit a manual claim request
Submit a manual claim request here. [new form] Please include the following information:
- CD Baby username:
- YouTube Video link:
- Artist name:
- Song title that is featured in the video:
- Album title:
- *Start Time:
- *End Time:
*Timestamps need to be as accurate as possible, so please list the time when the audio starts, as well as the time when the audio stops in the video. Add additional segments if your content appears in more than one part of the video. If the audio fills the entire video, just write "entire video."
*Reminder: YouTube requires channels to have 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours to qualify for YouTube Ad Monetization, also known as the YouTube Partner Program. We can still claim your video, but ads will not be placed until your channel meets those requirements.