Exclude third-party content from a reference file
You must have exclusive rights to all content you enable for Content ID matching. If your content features third-party material, such as public domain footage, short clips used under fair use principles, commercial breaks, or non-exclusive audio loops, be sure to exclude those segments from your reference file.
How to exclude timestamps from a reference in your YouTube account
If you uploaded a reference file that contains non-exclusive content, you can exclude specific time stamps from the Content ID tab in your account.
- Go to Assets.
- Click the title of the asset you’d like to update.
- On the asset page, click References. Keep in mind that you can only exclude segments from assets with one or more active references.
- Click the thumbnail for the reference you’d like to update.
- Hover over the text displayed below “Excluded segments” and click the pencil icon.
- Click Add new segment.
- Input timestamps you want to exclude from the reference. Click Save.
- Repeat steps 6 and 7 to exclude additional timestamps.
How to exclude timestamps from a reference in XML
When delivering a reference file through XML, you can exclude segments by following the syntax illustrated below:
<interval start="0:00" end="0:10" />
<interval start="1:00:20" end="1:00:30" />
See Exclude reference content from match consideration for more details about the XML option.