YouTube Credits Copyright Changes


Things are changing! Please watch the video, and/or have a read though the transcripty/post thing below!

Hello hello! I wanted to let you know about some important changes to the way crediting works on YouTube. If you use my music on YouTube, please keep reading! I’ll explain why the change is happening, but first let’s go over what you need to do from now on.

Basically, you must now add credits to the video description. Most of you already do that, so it won’t be too much of a hardship, but if you have included credits within the video itself, you’ll also have to add credits in the description as well.

To be clear, this only applies to users of the Creative Commons license option. If you have purchased a Pro License, or you have that as a Patreon perk, this doesn’t apply to you. Skip forward to here if that’s you.

How to credit?

You can grab the specific text from my website, and on each song’s page. It should look something like this:

Music: [Track Title] by Shane Ivers –

The most important part to include is this bit, and this bit.

The text in the yellow boxes are the bits you need to include!

Because it’s that specific text that ensures your video is safe from copyright strikes.

It’s simple, just copy the credits, and paste them wherever you want in the video description.

Why the change?

The problem is that the YouTube Content ID system is far too easy to abuse. People are stealing my music, uploading it to Content ID, and then legitimate users of my music are getting copyright strikes.

Even I’ve gotten them – on my own music. Click on the images to see a typical tale unfold…

The only choice I have is to use the Content ID system myself to prevent anyone else from trying to claim my music, and that’s the main reason for the change.

To achieve this, I’ve teamed up with Frequency Music, who provide a “Smart Content ID” system. This is the system that scans your video description for the correct credit, looks for the specific keywords, and ensures that you won’t get any copyright strikes.

I know it’s annoying to have to change, and I’ve held off from doing this as long as possible, as I want the experience of using my music to be as simple as possible. Unfortunately, the havoc caused by these false claims is too much to deal with manually – so I need to be smarter!

What will happen if I don’t give credit?

If you don’t give credit, or the credit is misspelled or incorrect, Content ID will detect this, and you’ll receive a copyright claim from YouTube. It’s important to know that this is NOT a strike. It won’t impact your channels standing with YouTube, but you’ll no longer be able to monitise the video.

If you get a notice, you’ll firstly need to add credits, or double check that they are correct, and then fill out the YouTube Claim Release Request form in order to remove the claim – link below.

Pro Licenses

If you have purchased a pro license, or have unlimited licenses as a perk, please get in touch with me as soon as you can. If you send over a link to your YouTube channel, I can add your channel to the whitelist, which means that your video won’t be claimed.

Thank you!

Thanks for watching the video, feel free to reach out to me if you have any other questions. I’ve been doing this for ten years now, and a lot has changed in that time. I want to ensure that the library is protected for you and me, and that we can use newer technology to adapt to the ever-changing copyright landscape of the internets.

I really appreciate your support over the past ten years, and I also appreciate the time you take to make any necessary changes.

Shine on!

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