How To Resolve YouTube Copyright Claims

how to resolve youtube copyright claims

Got a copyright claim for using our music on YouTube?

Not to worry, this is NOT a copyright strike and your channel is not penalized by YouTube.

It is merely a notification to let you know that your video contains third party material.

Want the claim removed? We are here to help!

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

Scott Dumas, a professional videographer and one of TunePocket subscribers, explains the entire process in this step-by-step video tutorial.

Update 2021:

For best / fastest results do not use AdRev’s online form, contact AdRev support directly by sending email to

For HAAWK claims send an email to

Why you received the claim

Some of our composers 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’re monetizing your channel, YouTube will credit back all the revenue you missed when the claim is released.

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. Go to the Creator Studio
  3. Go to Content to view the list of your videos
  4. Use the filter and choose “Copyright claims” from the list

find youtube videos with copyright claims

You will see the list of all your videos that have unresolved copyright claims:

videos with unresolved copyright claims

Find out who issued the claim

Hover your mouse (or click) on the “Copyright claim” notice and you will see a pop-up dialogue like this:

find out copyright claim details

Note that if you’re monetizing the video, the revenue will be put on hold until the claim is resolved.

YouTube will credit back any advertisement revenue you missed once the claim resolved.

Click on See Details link to see the detailed info:

copyright claim details

Here you can see the person or the company that issued the claim.

If the copyright owners section does not mention AdRev or HAAWK, please contact us for further assistance.

How to resolve 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 by sending a message to

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 the subscription status.

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

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

A small portion of our composers use HAAWK to protect their music.

For HAAWK copyright claims follow the same steps as above, except use the following email address:

Need help? Contact us


Dispute the claim via YouTube.

For all AdRev claims we strongly recommend contacting AdRev directly at (option 1). If the claim is not resolved within 48 hours of sending the request to AdRev, please contact support.

To dispute the claim via YouTube follow these steps:

Step 1: On the claims details page, under “Actions” click the Dispute link:

dispute youtube claim

Step 2: Specify that you have the written permission from the copyright owner to use the music:

license to use music on youtube

Step 3: Acknowledge that you do have proper license and want to dispute the claim:

acknowledge license

Step 4: “Licensing” is the most important field and YouTube will base their decision based on the information you provide there. Copy and paste your licensing certificate here:

licensing certificate

Type your full name to serve as the electronic signature and submit the dispute. Keep in mind that disputes may take few days to get resolved.

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.

Related: Non copyrighted music for YouTube, Twitch, Instagram

Can I clear the claim BEFORE publishing my video?

Remember that claims do no penalize your channel, however, there may be cases when you need to clear the claims before the video goes public. Here’s what you can do.

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.

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