You might NOT know this about using royalty free music... [Become A Better Blogger]

Published: Tue, 06/16/15

Do you ever buy stock audio files to play as background music in your YouTube videos?

We have purchased several music files from various audio stock websites over the years, but this was the first time we had this issue arise.

Since it was new to me, I thought I’d share the problem and the solution with you…

The Problem

Janice made this cute video of her 7 year old Olivia sharing her experience of getting her ears pierced.

She added a sound track we purchased from AudioJungle as background music.

But when she tried to update the description or any of the fields on the video, she received errors.

So of course she called me to figure out what was going wrong.

It seemed that the video’s default settings were trying to apply monetization which was triggering errors.

YouTube had recognized that we were using copyrighted music - which they call "matched 3rd party content".

I knew the errors would be because of matched 3rd party content, so I turned off monetization and that allowed us to save the other changes to the video.

I could then publish the video without monetization but with a copyright claim against it.

So I went to AudioJungle and did a search in their help to figure out why our video was saying the music was copyrighted content.

The Solution

Fortunately, AudioJungle’s help files made it clear what the problem was and how to solve it.

Unlike other songs I’d purchased in the past, this audio track had been registered by its creator with Content ID on YouTube.

So to tell YouTube that I had purchased the song, I had to fill out this form to register my license for it.


Once I’d completed the form, I quickly received an email saying the claim had been removed.

When I then went back to the video in YouTube, I could apply monetization and everything was as it should be.

Going Forward

To be honest, I was a little annoyed with having to take the extra steps to remove this copyright claim.

In future, I will lean towards purchasing songs that have not been registered with Content ID. 

On AudioJungle, you can actually see before you purchase an item that it has been registered with Content ID... as long as you know to look for that... which obviously I didn't know before I bought it.

Below is a screenshot of an excerpt from the AudioJungle help file...

So if you do want to use a song that has Content ID, you can upload your video to your YouTube channel as private ahead of when you want to publish. Then you have time to get the copyright claim released before you share it as public.

It is not that big of a deal for it to be public while it still has the copyright notice… but it is nice to be able to set it to monetize it as soon as you publish.

Overall, now that I understand the issue and the simple process to remove a copyright claim for a song I've purchased, I will still consider buying songs that have Content ID registered... but I will likely try to buy songs that don't have it.

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Susan (and Janice)
5 Minutes For Mom

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