Some of the music tracks on Motion Array have been registered to a right management service that partners with YouTube Content ID. This article contains some answers to common questions about using YouTube Content ID registered music.

Why does Motion Array allow YouTube Content ID registered tracks?

YouTube uses a tool called Content ID to let music creators protect their tracks from piracy and misuse. They also partner with other services like AdRev, HAAWK, Identifyy, and others to track usage and monetization of tracks registered with these services.

Allowing our music contributors to register tracks to rights management service gives them an extra level of protection for their copyrighted, creative works in a digital age. Essentially, it helps them ensure that only authorized and licensed use is permitted across various platforms on the web.

How does YouTube Content ID even work?

According to their support article “How Content ID Works”,

“Copyright owners can use a system called Content ID to easily identify and manage their content on YouTube. Videos uploaded to YouTube are scanned against a database of files that have been submitted to us by content owners. Copyright owners get to decide what happens when content in a video on YouTube matches a work they own. When a match is found, the video gets a Content ID claim.”

While Content ID is a powerful system that’s useful to protect creative works and combat piracy, the tool is largely automated and isn’t always perfect.

For instance, Content ID could mistake a track that has the correct license and may send a claim. A claim could block monetization for an individual video, for example, but it is not a copyright strike to your channel.

How do I ensure that YouTube Content ID knows I have the correct license?

Option 1: Whitelist Your Video/Channel

The best way to ensure that YouTube Content ID is not triggered is to provide proof at the source. As a Motion Array member, you do have the proper license and should have no issues whitelisting your video/channel.

You can simply share your license file with the rights management service that is indicated on the Content ID labeled track, and send a message with your proof of license. This is very easy and only takes a few moments to complete.

For example, if the Content ID is through AdRev, the asset page will look like the following:

You would then request to whitelist your channel by contacting AdRev, as that’s the rights management service that would send a claim out for that particular track. We recommend that you first upload a YouTube video as "Unlisted" a day or two in advance, to resolve possible claims in advance of making your video "Public".

Here are quick links for you to get in touch with various digital rights management tools you can make whitelisting requests to them directly:

Don't forget to share the license document from Motion Array. Here’s how to access the license for a specific track.

Option 2: Dispute the Claim

If you have already received a claim for a Motion Array track you’ve downloaded, you should be able to get it cleared up quickly. For more information on how to dispute an individual claim, please check out this article here.

I thought Motion Array music was royalty free?

Motion Array music is royalty free because we do not collect royalties on the tracks you use in your projects, regardless of how you use it. However, that doesn’t mean it’s not free from copyright by the contributor. YouTube Content ID helps protect copyrighted music from unlicensed use.

For more information about music licensing, check out this article which has a great breakdown on the topic.

What if I don’t want to work with Content ID registered tracks?

No problem! We have a large selection of music that is not registered with any Content ID or rights management software.

You can browse all tracks that do not have Content ID by checking the following filtering option “Exclude Content ID” when browsing on the marketplace. Additionally, if a track is not registered with Content ID, it will not include the “Content ID” registration text on the asset details page.

If you do not want to use Content ID tracks, you may want to exclude P.R.O. tracks from your searches, as well. Find out more about working with P.R.O. registered tracks here.

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