New publishing data model: publishers

The features described in this article are available only to partners who use YouTube's Content Manager to manage their copyrighted content.

We are launching a new publishing data model to give you more transparency into and control over how your rights are associated with Sound Recording assets.

What’s changing?

In this new model, we will no longer have one “global” Composition asset that represents ownership, metadata, and embed relationships across various owners. Instead, each owner will have their own “Composition Share” assets. These Composition Share assets represent only the metadata and ownership information provided by a single partner: no other owner can change this information. 

Under the new model, when you provide embedded relationships between your Composition Share assets and Sound Recording assets, these embedded relationships will be applied, notwithstanding any data that we may receive from other publishers. For each Sound Recording asset, the underlying publishing ownership is represented by all the embedded Composition Share assets that each owner has provided. 

Please reach out to your partner manager or use the Help and feedback button in the lower left hand side of the page if you have any questions or feedback. 


What will a Composition Share asset look like?

Your Composition Share asset details page will have three tabs - Metadata, Ownership & Policy, and Sound Recordings. The Metadata and Ownership & Policy tabs are the same as what you see today but scoped to just your provided metadata, ownership, and policy. The Sound Recordings tab replaces the Related tab and is where you will see the embed relationships for your Composition Share asset. 

The Sound Recordings tab is split into three sections - Active, Proposed, and Declined. 

  • The Active section shows all the sound recording assets where your Composition Share is currently embedded in. 
  • The Proposed section shows potential sound recording assets where you may want your Composition Share to be embedded in.
  • The Declined section shows embed relationships that you have rejected from the Pending section. 

How will identifiers change in the new model?

In the new model, the Composition asset IDs used today will no longer be relevant as Composition assets will be replaced by corresponding Composition Share assets. After launch, Custom ID will become the primary identifier that you can use to refer to your works.
To avoid errors and non-deterministic behavior, this means that each Custom ID must refer to only one musical work, and only one Composition Share asset. 

If you need help cleaning up your Custom ID data, please reach out to your partner manager or to for assistance.

How will Sound Recording assets change in the new model?

For the most part, Sound Recording assets will remain the same. The difference is that Composition relationships will be moved from the Related tab into a new Composition tab. Because the Related tab no longer contains Compositions, it will be renamed to Music Videos and Art Tracks to better reflect the relationships displayed there. 

The new Composition tab is where partners can find the underlying publishing metadata, ownership, and policy information across multiple owners.

I currently share asset IDs with other owners to transfer catalogs. How will I do so in the new model?

In the new model, each owner has their own Composition Share asset IDs. These Composition Share asset IDs are unique to each owner and will not work for other owners. 

Instead, to transfer catalogs, owners should share the Sound Recording asset IDs that their music works are embedded in. The Sound Recording asset IDs can be found in the updated Asset Report. 

Will my ownership change in the migration to the new model? 

Your ownership will remain the same during the migration from the old to new publishing data model. The embed relationships that you have historically “inherited” based on other partner provided data will migrate to the new model as is. Once in the new system, you can choose to remove these embedded relationships at any time. See “How can I remove a bad relationship” for more details. 

We recognize that because you did not provide these “inherited” embed relationships, you may not want to keep all of them after launch. As such, shortly after the new publishing model takes effect, we will give you the opportunity to accept or reject these relationships in bulk. 

How can I remove or add an embed relationship?

You can easily change embedded relationships in the new model directly in the user interface, or in bulk using CSV templates. 

In the UI, to add or remove embed relationships, you can:

  1. Navigate to the Composition tab of a Sound Recording asset or navigate to the Sound Recording tab of a Compositions Share asset. 
  2. From either location, you can find the button Add Share to Sound Recording which will allow to add an embed relationship and the button Remove Share which will allow you to delete an existing embed relationships. 

In bulk, through CSV templates:
To add, go to the Content Delivery section of CMS and use the Audio - Composition template. Fill out complete metadata for your Composition Shares on each row, and use columns C or D to indicate either related Sound Recording assets or ISRCs, respectively.

Unlinking in bulk through CSV is not yet supported, but in the weeks after the launch of the new asset data model a new CSV template will be added to allow bulk link removal.

Why do I see sound recordings under “Assets” now?

In the new publishing data model, your ownership is aggregated with other owners’ ownership on a sound recording level. The Sound Recording assets that you see are ones that you have provided an embed relationship to, in other words, where you are an embedded owner.

Why did I see a big increase in the number of ownership conflicts?

Ownership conflicts in the new model occur on the sound recording level. This means that if you have a Composition that is embedded in ten Sound Recording assets, in the old model, you would have seen one ownership conflict, and in the new model, you will see ten ownership conflicts. The number of views in conflict does not change between the old and new model. 

Over time, ownership conflicts are expected to have less impact as the ownership conflict will be constrained to specific sound recordings’ underlying publishing. 

How should I address ownership conflicts in the new model?

To address an ownership conflict, you should first identify if the ownership conflict is due to a bad embedded relationship or due to overstated ownership share (i.e., percentage of ownership). If an ownership conflict is due to a bad embed relationship, you can easily remove the embed relationship through the UI or through content delivery (see How can I remove or add embed relationships section). 

If an ownership conflict is due to conflicts in ownership share, please reach out to the other owners as you do today. You can use the Compare metadata button to see the metadata provided by other owners. 

How does content delivery change with the new publishing data model?

You may use the existing CSV templates to create and update new Composition Shares. These processes will return back Composition Share asset IDs and your Custom IDs.

How will downloadable reports change with the new model?

The new publishing data model introduces the concept of Composition Share asset ID and this information will be added to various reports. Various reports will also expand in size due to embedded ownership being reported to you at the sound recording level.

  • NEW! - Composition share report - report of your provided Composition Shares and associated metadata, ownership, etc
  • Video claim report - no change
  • Asset performance report - expected to increase in size because the report is now at the sound recording level
  • Asset report - expected to increase in size because the report is now at the sound recording level, added Composition Share asset IDs into this report
  • Asset conflict report - expected to increase in size because report is now at the sound recording level
  • Claim report - no change










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