Submit requested rights documentation

After you submit a video for monetization, YouTube may ask you how you own commercial use rights to all elements in your video at any time. This includes (but is not limited to) music, photographs, movie, and/or video game footage.

If your video seems like it's stuck in the review process, it may be because you need to submit information we requested. Providing this information does not guarantee that your video will be approved.

How long does review take?

Review time depends on a variety of factors, such as video and channel performance, the history of videos you've submitted for monetization, and the eligibility of your content.

Keep in mind that we receive many requests to monetize videos every day and review these submissions as quickly as possible. We may not be able to process every submission, but we continually monitor these factors and prioritize accordingly.

Submit information for monetization

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To monetize the video, follow the steps below to submit the information requested:

  1. Make sure you have commercial use rights to all elements in your video.
  2. Click on the monetization icon and fill out the contact form.
    • Provide information about your video using the suggested text and linked resources.
    • Make sure to provide documentation about the intro and outro music, background music, logos, artwork, and thumbnail images.
  3. Submit the contact form.

We may reach out to you for more information. Make sure to check the email address associated to your YouTube channel in case we need additional information.

Note: We can't provide you with legal advice regarding commercial use rights, but you can get general guidance about what content you can monetize.

Where you see requests for information

If we need more information, you may be alerted in your account's Video Manager or by email.

  • Video Manager: You may get an alert in Video Manager or see a yellow dollar sign next to the video. There may also be a note about how many days you have left to provide us with the requested information. If you don't provide information within the time allotted, your video may be disabled for monetization.
  • Email: You may get an email to the email address associated with your YouTube account. If you don't see an email, but your video seems stuck in the review process, make sure to check the email address associated to your YouTube channel is correct.
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