Exclude reference content from match consideration

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YouTube's Content ID system uses a reference for an asset as the basis for determining matches and claiming videos. When a reference includes content that you don't own, you need to exclude that content from consideration when determining matches. For example, a news program might include footage received from other sources. You don't want to claim videos that match the footage you don't own.

A <reference_exclusions> tag specifies one or more time intervals in a reference that YouTube should exclude when determining Content ID matches. Each <interval> tag specifies a duration to exclude:

    <interval start="0:00" end="0:10"/>
    <interval start="1:00:20" end="1:00:30"/>

To exclude portions of a reference from consideration during matching, include the <reference_exclusions> tag in your feed and define a relationship that associates the tag with the reference to which it applies. The feed supports two ways to associate the exclusions with a reference:

To remove the exclusions, associate an empty <reference_exclusions> tag with the reference.

    <item path="/feed/reference_exclusions[1]"/>
    <related_item path="/external/reference[@id='REFERENCEID']"/>
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