Usage restrictions on claimed music

The Music Policy Directory will be going away with Creator Studio Classic. 
 
As you've probably heard, we’re in the process of moving over to the new and improved Studio. As a result, we're focused on migrating and building features where we see healthy usage with impact on creators’ goals.
 
This one unfortunately didn’t make the cut. We introduced this Music Policies tool years ago to help creators proactively avoid copyright issues with music in their video. But it’s seen low usage and would need substantial work to be migrated and improved. Moreover, we’ve found that creators are addressing this need by uploading their videos as private or unlisted in order to spot any issues before publishing videos, which we plan to build a better experience around in the new Studio.
 
As always, if you need free and safe music and sound effects for your videos, check out our Audio Library. We add new music every month!

The Music Policy Directory lists songs and their current policies set by the copyright holders. Policies displayed in the Music Policy Directory describe only what happens when you publish a video on YouTube that uses this music.

Copyright holders decide if and how they want their music to be used on YouTube, so their copyright policy will affect whether and how your video is made available. If you use music listed in the Music Policy Directory, you may get a Content ID claim notifying you that you used copyrighted content.

Here's what each policy means:

  • Monetize: The copyright holder has chosen to monetize this music, so ads may appear on your video. Sometimes, the copyright holder may elect to share some of that revenue with you. Even if this policy is applied, the video may not be available everywhere or on all devices.
  • Block worldwide: One or more copyright holders doesn't allow the use of this music on YouTube. If you use this music, your video may be muted or may be entirely unavailable on YouTube.
  • Block in some countries: One or more copyright holders have restricted the countries in which this music is available on YouTube. If you use this music, your video won't be viewable where the music is blocked on YouTube.

Note: Copyright holders can change their policies and issue copyright takedown notices under certain circumstances. Your video's status could change in the future (and may even be removed from YouTube) if the copyright owner makes a different decision in your individual case or changes the policy that applies to the music in your video. Learn more about Content ID.

These policies do not apply off of the YouTube platform, and may differ if we believe that you've uploaded a full album or most of an album. You may wish to consult a qualified attorney if you have questions about your use of music.

Get permission to use someone else's content

If you plan to include copyright-protected material in your video, you’ll generally need to seek permission to do so first. YouTube cannot grant you these rights and we're unable to assist creators in finding and contacting the parties who may be able to grant them to you. You may wish to consult a qualified attorney if you have questions about the use of copyright-protected material. Also, YouTube offers a free Audio Library with music that creators can use in their YouTube videos.

Get the scoop on music copyright and handling Content ID claims.
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