Music in this video

When you're watching a video that contains music, there may be a section in the video's description called 'Music in this video'. This section shows info about the music heard in the video, like song and artist names.

YouTube automatically adds this info to some videos when they're claimed by one of YouTube's copyright management tools, like Content ID.

'Music in this video' may show links to music videos or other official content so that you can discover songs and artists that you may not have heard before.

Why some videos include song information in video descriptions

What does 'Licensed to YouTube by' mean?

The names next to 'Licensed to YouTube by' are the copyright owners who have agreed with YouTube to allow identified music to be used in videos. With this licence agreement, they also share the revenue that those videos earn on YouTube.

For example, if there's an ad on a video with music, the copyright owners listed next to 'Licensed to YouTube by' get a share of the revenue generated by that ad, in accordance with YouTube's Terms of Service.

Sometimes there can be many copyright owners sharing the revenue for a single song. You might notice music labels and publishers that you recognise or some 'music rights societies' and 'collecting societies'. These organisations collect royalties on behalf of copyright owners, who are members of the organisations. YouTube has licence agreements with these organisations and shares revenue with them for videos that they claim. Learn more.

Why is some info missing from 'Music in this video'?

Info in the 'Music in this video' section only appears when there's accurate, high-quality data available. We're continually working with our music industry partners to add more data and improve the quality and accuracy of the info that we have.

For videos that contain many songs, info about the first ten songs will appear under 'Music in this video'.

What if I hear my song in a video, but don't see 'Music in this video' info?

'Music in this video' may not appear for a few reasons:

  • YouTube doesn't have sufficient data from the copyright owner.
  • Your music hasn't been identified yet.
  • Your video was recently claimed and the info hasn't populated yet.
Working with a record label, music publisher or collection society who manages copyright on your behalf? You may wish to get in touch with them to confirm what info was sent to YouTube. This info should include identifiers like ISRCs, ISWCs, UPCs and ISNIs.

What if my song is listed but the data is wrong?

If you're a recording artist or songwriter and your song has been identified with incorrect or incomplete info, you can:
  • Send us feedback using our feedback form to help us improve our data quality.
  • Make sure that you and your songs are registered with the ISNI authority. Registering can help us confirm that we have the best data to represent you and your music.
Working with a record label, music publisher or collection society who manages copyright on your behalf? You may wish to get in touch with them to confirm what info was sent to YouTube. This info should include identifiers like ISRCs, ISWCs, UPCs and ISNIs.
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