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Getting Flagged on YouTube or Vimeo? Here’s Why

Danny Greer

Don’t let your videos get flagged on YouTube or Vimeo! In this post we shed light on the ContentID system and how you can use quality music in your videos, issue free.

Need music for YouTube or Vimeo? Discover our curated music library.

Music Flagging on YouTube - Content ID

Maybe this scenario sounds familiar…

You’ve edited a video and used your favorite music tracks. You upload the video to YouTube or Vimeo. But the video shows up with advertisements…or worse, it doesn’t show up at all. Chances are, the copyrighted music in your video has found a match in the YouTube or Vimeo ContentID system.

As early as 2007, YouTube began experimenting with a content identification (content ID) system to recognize videos that contained copyrighted audio or video. Essentially, the service creates a ‘fingerprint’ of the media used in a video and compares it against it’s database of copyright work. If there is a match, the copyright owner has the option of “blocking the video to make it unviewable, tracking the viewing statistics of the video, or adding advertisements to the video.” [via Wikipedia] In the last few years, YouTube has become increasingly more aggressive in ensuring that uploaded videos don’t contain protected media.

If you use copyrighted music in your YouTube projects, they can strip your chance of making money on it. The YouTube terms of service state you must meet these requirements to monetize (or make ad money) from your videos [via YouTube]:

  • Your content is advertiser-friendly.
  • You created the content or have permission to use it commercially.
  • You are able to provide documentation proving you own commercial rights to all audio and video content.
  • YouTube reserves the right to disable monetization for accounts that do not follow our guidelines.

Whereas Vimeo once was a ‘safe-haven’ for videos that used copyright work, they’ve recently rolled out their own ContentID system, Copyright Match. How does Vimeo flagging work…

If the Copyright Match system detects third-party copyrighted material it will halt the upload and present you with a few options: appeal, swap out the music, or replace/delete the video file. [via Sean Gilvray at Vimeo]

Check out the full terms of Vimeo’s Copyright Match.

The Best Music for YouTube & Vimeo

Our tracks won’t get flagged.

When we started the Premiumbeat royalty free music library, we decided from the beginning that our tracks will never go into a ContentID system. All of our music is exclusive to our site, meaning you can’t find these tracks anywhere else. This enables us to control what databases they get added to –  allowing our customers to have a smooth experience, without flagging, when they use the music on YouTube or Vimeo.

When you use a Premiumbeat track in your project you won’t have to prove to YouTube or Vimeo that you’ve licensed it. No need to upload documentation and no need to plead your case. We understand the video and film production business happens quickly. When you upload something and need to get it out, you certainly don’t want to jump through any hoops.

Additionally, using Premiumbeat music allows for the monetization of your videos. If there are going to be ads placed on your videos it should be your choice – and if so, you should be the one that makes the money off them!

Unfortunately, not all royalty free music libraries offer a smooth experience for web video usage. Many of our competitors have tracks that appear in multiple libraries or have been added to iTunes, Spotify, Amazon or another commercial music distributor. These are all ways in which the tracks could land in YouTube or Vimeo’s content ID system.

Need music for YouTube or Vimeo? Discover our curated music library.

Please let us know if you have any questions regarding licensing or usage. We’re happy to help!