How To Resolve YouTube Copyright Claims

how to resolve youtube copyright claims

Got a copyright claim for using our music on YouTube?

All subscribers are granted a perpetual royalty free license to use our music in their YouTube videos (including commercial and monetized videos).

This tutorial will explain how you can quickly remove copyright claims from your videos.

Why you received the claim

Some of our composers have opted to protect their music from unauthorized use by registering it in YouTube’s Content ID system.

How copyright claims affect your videos

You may receive a notice from YouTube (also known as copyright claim) saying that your video contains copyrighted music and your video may display ads.

Here’s what a typical notice email looks like:

youtube adrev copyright notice example

This is NOT a copyright strike! Your video remains fully accessible and your account is NOT penalized!

If you don’t mind occasional ads, you may simply ignore the notice. According to YouTube’s own support page, getting a Content ID claim isn’t a bad thing for your YouTube channel. It just means, “Hey, we found some content in your video that’s owned by someone else.”

If you prefer to remove the ads please read on. Since you do have the license to use the soundtrack, most claims can be removed quickly and easily.

Find out which of your videos have claims

To get a list of all your videos with outstanding copyright claims, please follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your YouTube account
  2. In the top right, click your account icon, then Creator Studio
  3. In the left side menu, click Video Manager to open the sub-menu
  4. Click on Copyright Notices link

Find out who issued the claim

When on the Copyright Notices page, click on the © symbol next to the video to see more information about what is being claimed and who is claiming it. Look for the ‘Details’ section.

adrev youtube claim details

In the Details section, note the name of the song and the claimant. Make sure the claim is specifically for the “sound recording”, as the videos get claimed for the visual material as well.

If the claimant isn’t AdRev, please contact us for further assistance.

How to resolve AdRev copyright claims

Every track you download at TunePocket comes with a personalized licensing certificate.

Go to your download history, find the music track mentioned, and download the licensing certificate.


Contact AdRev support and fill the online form. Make sure to include the link to your YouTube video and attach the licensing certificate as the proof of licensing. The licensing certificate has a link for verifying both your license and your subscription status.

Ask AdRev to whitelist your entire channel to prevent future claims!

Explain that you have an active subscription to a stock music library that entitles you to use any of our music tracks on YouTube. Once again, the licensing certificate has a link to help AdRev verify your subscription status.

Need help? Contact us


Dispute the claim via YouTube. Please note that for the AdRev claims it is recommended to contact AdRev directly (option 1).

To dispute the claim via YouTube go back to the claims details page and click “File a dispute”. On the following page specify that you have a license to use the copyrighted material.

youtube copyright claim dispute

Click continue and confirm your choice on the next page. Move to the next page.

In the “Reason for dispute” box, copy and paste the contents of your licensing certificate.

youtube claim reason dispute

Click “Continue” to submit the claim.

Can I tell which tracks are registered with Content ID?

Even though resolving the claims is usually a fast and simple process, we understand that sometimes you might want to avoid dealing with claims altogether. You can easily tell if a particular track is registered with Content ID by checking the track details:

adrev music track

Furthermore, you can filter out all AdRev registered tracks from the search results by using the ‘No Content ID’ filter in the sidebar.

If you received a claim for using a music track labelled as ‘no Content ID’ please let us know, so we could update our records accordingly.

Can I clear the claim BEFORE publishing my video?

Upload your video but keep it “Unpublished”, clear the claims as described above, and then change the status of your video to “Published”.

Why music composers use AdRev?

Over 70 hours of new video are uploaded to YouTube every minute! Not surprisingly, many of these videos contain unlicensed background music. We understand that dealing with claims is an inconvenience, however we also respect our composers right to protect their music.

You may be surprised but for a YouTuber (especially if you monetize your channel) it is actually much safer to use AdRev registered music.

You can read more in this post by one of our staff composers:

How AdRev Copyright Claims Protect Royalty Free Music Buyers From Fraud

What is AdRev?

AdRev is a YouTube Partner platform that relies on the Content ID system to manage and administer copyrighted content on behalf of individual content owners (as opposed to large recording labels and publishers).

This platform enables the composers to get a share of YouTube’s advertisement revenue by displaying the ads in the videos that use their music without permission.

AdRev can effectively whitelist YouTube channels to prevent triggering the claims. Please note this only apply to the music registered specifically with AdRev.

Need help resolving the claim?

Please contact us at your convenience.