Resolve Content ID reference overlaps

The features described in this article are available only to partners who use YouTube's Content ID matching system.

Reference overlaps occur when two reference files uploaded for Content ID contain segments that will make claims on identical audio, visual or audio-visual content.

The partner who uploads the most recent reference will see a reference overlap requiring action in their Content Manager 'Issues' list.

In order for Content ID to correctly execute claims based on an overlapping reference file, you need to specify which party owns exclusive rights to any overlapping segment(s).

Manage reference overlaps

To manage reference overlaps in your 'Issues' queue, you can click the header for each column to sort by expiry, title, created on date, affected (daily) views, number of claimed videos or overlapping duration.

Filtering by Status lets you view reference overlaps in different stages:

  • Action required: Review the overlapping segment(s) and assert or exclude. You have 30 days to review and act on reference overlaps in this state.
  • Waiting on: View reference overlaps where you have asserted on the overlapping segment(s) and are waiting for the owner of the other reference file to take action.
  • Resolved: View resolved reference overlaps. The status details column shows if an overlapping segment was 'excluded' from your reference or is now 'owned' by you and if the resolution was due to expiry or manual action.

You can click Select filter to filter by Asset creation dates, Other party and more.

Resolve reference overlaps

When you select a reference overlap with a status of Action required, you'll see a detailed view with general information about the owner of the other reference and the overlapping portion.

Click 'play match' links to play back and compare the overlapping segments, then choose to:

  • Exclude the overlapping segment, allowing the other party to assert ownership on that portion.
  • Assert exclusive rights on the overlapping segment, prompting the other party to resolve the reference overlap. If you do this, the owner of the other reference file will receive an Action required in their Issues to resolve the overlap and will have an option to exclude the overlapping portion. The owner of the other reference file may also have the option to counter-assert exclusive rights over the overlapping segment.

Contact the other party by clicking on the email icon next to the other party's asset. 

If a reference overlap is counter-asserted and returns to your queue, you will no longer see an option to assert exclusive rights.

Any claims based on the reference overlap portion remain with the partner who delivered the content first, until the reference overlap is resolved. Once the reference overlap is resolved, claims are applied to the reference that has the final asserted ownership.

Note: Some options available in Content Manager Classic, like the ability to export to CSV or bulk exclude reference overlaps are coming soon to the YouTube Studio Content Manager beta – stay tuned!
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