Music eligibility for YouTube Shorts

Note: This content applies only to music partners who have a Shorts agreement with YouTube.

Art Tracks/sound recording assets

For a song to be eligible for Shorts, an Art Track and embedded sound recording asset that meet the following criteria need to be available:

  • The Art Track is playable and was provided by a partner who has a Shorts agreement with YouTube.
    • The Art Track will not be available in territories where it is not playable.
  • The Art Track asset embeds a sound recording asset.
  • The embedded sound recording asset is owned by a partner that has agreed to Shorts terms with YouTube.
    • The sound recording will not be available in Shorts in territories with missing sound recording asset ownership or with ownership from a partner who has not agreed to Shorts terms.
  • The sound recording asset has a playable match policy and is not set to block.
  • YouTube has not identified any other rights clearance issues related to the content (e.g. publishing).

Music videos

To be eligible for Shorts, a music video needs to meet the following criteria:

  • The music video has a single claim from a music video asset.
  • The music video asset has ownership from a partner who has agreed to Shorts terms with YouTube. 
    • If there are any territories without ownership or with ownership from a partner without a Shorts agreement, then users won't be able to remix the music video in those territories.
  • Music video asset has a match policy that is not set to block.
  • Music video asset embeds a sound recording asset that is owned by a partner that has agreed to Shorts terms with YouTube and has a playable match policy. If the sound recording asset is missing ownership in a specific territory, the video will not be eligible for use in Shorts in that territory.
    • If your music video asset is missing an embedded sound recording asset, you can provide one by following these steps.
  • YouTube has not identified any other rights clearance issues related to the content (e.g. publishing).
Note: If you have concerns regarding your content's availability in Shorts, please contact YouTube support or your partner manager, if applicable.

How to report abuse

YouTube's policies and Community Guidelines apply to Shorts remixes using music video content.

If you believe that a Short using your music video content violates our existing policies and guidelines, you can report it to YouTube using the steps outlined in this article.

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