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4/30/19
180k Music Channel Demonetized for Reused Content 0 Recommended Answers 11 Replies 24 Upvotes
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Hey there! 

First of all, I want to thank you for your time spent on checking this issue!

My name is Kamil and I run Illumi Music YouTube channel. I upload music with a visualisation.
Sadly my channel was demonetized back in November for Reused Content.

Since then I tried many things to fix this issue and I reapplied many times via creators studio and creators support email but failed every time.

Here are the things I did: 

I deleted every video with a copyright claim

I checked every single upload for possible duplicates and I deleted every track that was uploaded somewhere else first

I got Agreements for Commercial Use for every track that I have on the channel

I sent the agreements to the creators support email asking for the verification but the answer I got from the monetization team was no.

At this point I don't really know what the issue might be anymore, I don't have any ideas.

Can someone please have a look on my channel and tell me what the issue might be?


Thanks in advice!

Kamil
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4/30/19
Unless you yourself are every musician in your videos and can prove this to YouTube, you are reusing the content of others. The automated visualizers I see also will not help. These are why your reapplication fails. Are you all of these musicians, as YouTube no longer monetizes "Music Promotion Channels" unless they are hosted by major labels or distributors?
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4/30/19
No, I'm not any of the musicians I featured on my channel. Ehh sad news then. Do you think deleting all uploads and turning the channel into a fully legal record label with it's own content would fix this issue? Sadly I can't join any MCN with my monetization disabled.
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4/30/19
I honestly don't know. As I own an Indie Record label myself, here are some of the questions you need to ask yourself before you take this step.

What is your Business Plan for your label, and is that plan sustainable while you are getting set up?

Are the artists on your channel prepared and willing to sign a distribution contract with your label once it is launched? Do you need an attorney to handle contracts and other legal matters?

Have you got your distribution lanes researched and ready to set up once your label and channel launches?

Which PRO (Performing Rights Organization) will you sign with to protect your artists' Intellectual Property and ensure proper Royalty Collection and distribution?

Will you need a Certified Accountant to handle the finances, and are you prepared to register as a business for tax purposes?

This list is not comprehensive.
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4/30/19
Yeah I can handle all of that :) I'm not a newbie in the music industry, the thing I'm worried about the most is my YouTube channel, as I'm not sure if YouTube will want to enable the monetization after the change of the content to a record label. I can't decide if I want to keep my following and risk creating a label on demonetized channel or just simply create a new channel.
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4/30/19
@Illumi Music

I'd actually create a new channel for the label, and withdraw the YPP application for the non-eligible one. Unless you reach the thresholds with the new channel, you won't be eligible; and as you will be a minor rather than a major label, it's doubtful YT will see third party content with no added value such as the channel owner's on screen presence as monetizable. And what could you do to add value to a music video in the first place, as the music is the whole point of the video?

I'm sorry.
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4/30/19
@BreakingCopyright

I'd read both of my replies if I were you before I decided to hang my hat on that conversion. YouTube still isn't likely to approve a channel like you two plan, as you would be a minor, rather than a major label.
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5/1/19
Why does it even matter if I'm a major or minor label, and who decides about it? If I bring MY OWN content to the table, that I'm the full copyright owner why wouldn't they monetize my channel? Because I'm not appearing on the screen, or I'm not adding any commentary. It's such bullshit. Anyways, even if they won't enable monetization on my channel I can still claim my own releases and make money out of them this way.
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5/1/19
And by the way, I had really big uploads on the channel with millions of views and I have a really dedicated community so I think I would get over the thresholds on a new channel really quick.
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5/2/19
@Illumi Music

I apologize for being away; I'm experiencing some medical issues. Lets take a point or two from each post I missed until now.

First...

"And by the way, I had really big uploads on the channel with millions of views and I have a really dedicated community so I think I would get over the thresholds on a new channel really quick."

I take it then that your own music is very similar to the music you were promoting; this is a good thing. All you can do is set it up and see what happens.

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"Why does it even matter if I'm a major or minor label, and who decides about it?"

This goes back to the entire "music promotion channel" format. If you wish to promote your own music as a musician (this is the idea I am getting from this post), you might want to set up as an Official Artist Channel instead of a record label if you are already under distribution. YouTube decides whether the scope and breadth of distribution of any record label will qualify it to be monetized upon reaching the YPP Application Thresholds, or conversely, whether that label will be rejected for posting third party content without ownership.

"If I bring MY OWN content to the table, that I'm the full copyright owner why wouldn't they monetize my channel?"

If you bring that content to the table under the auspice and guise of being a record label then you will have the task of proving it's your own content and that you own the copyright. I myself record as several different "band names"; and I suspect I will have the same problem if my own label channel ever reaches the application threshold.

"Because I'm not appearing on the screen, or I'm not adding any commentary. It's such bullshit."

It may be "such bullshit"; but unfortunately, it's also part of the current AdSense Content Quality Guidelines Policy set. You don't follow policy, you don't get monetized; it's as simple as that.

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"Anyways, even if they won't enable monetization on my channel I can still claim my own releases and make money out of them this way."

Do you already have a YouTube Content Management System (CMS) account? If you don't, you need to know that Content ID won't be approved for someone who has less than 2000 or more separate units of copyright content under provable sole ownership. So if you've released less than 2000 songs, you're not getting in under your own power.

If you don't have, or cannot be approved for a Content Management System account, you may still be able to have your distributor claim your content if your monetization attempt fails. Unfortunately, not all music will be accepted as CID fingerprints; musicians whose music uses loops and samples are automatically rejected at distributor level for Content ID before YouTube would even see a fingerprint. Music using certain instruments have those instruments counted as "sound effects" and music with actual sound effects in the background like rain and storms and traffic noises are also rejected for Content ID. 

My channel is the same as my ID; drop by sometime and tell me if you were successful in your attempt. I'm a fraction of your current channel's size.  I'm not trying to discourage you, just let you know what you are up against. So please stop getting your back up, as I am not your enemy; if anything your enemy is the new YPP Guidelines.
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7/21/19
@Hypno-Systems UK You come across as really unkind and unpleasant!
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7/21/19
They obviously haven't read any of my replies Ram. :-)

Hypno is factual and helpful crystal and facts do not care for personal feelings nor those who like yourself are super thin skinned. However your opinion is irrelevant for two reason:
1. She was not talking to you
2. You are a spammer who has zombied a thread that is over two months old to insult someone.
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