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How do I qualify for a Content ID and what are the requirements ?

To determine eligibility for Content ID, various criteria are considered. This includes whether the copyright owner's content can be claimed through Content ID, as well as their demonstrated need. Copyright owners must provide evidence of the copyrighted content for which they hold exclusive rights.

The Content ID system will compare your reference content to every upload on YouTube. Copyright owners must have exclusive rights to the material being evaluated. Examples of items that may not be exclusive to individuals include mashups, "best of" compilations, remixes of other works, video gameplay, software visuals, trailers, unlicensed music and video, and music or video that was licensed without exclusivity, as well as recordings of performances such as concerts, events, speeches, and shows.

In order for your music to be eligible for monetization through the YouTube Content ID system, it must meet several criteria.

Exclusive rights mean the following are not eligible:

  • Cover songs
  • Content licensed non-exclusively from a third party (such as Beatstars or YouTube instrumentals)
  • Content released under Creative Commons or similar free of charge/open licenses
  • Public domain footage, recordings, or compositions, including classical music
  • Clips from other sources such as video games, movies, TV, or YouTube videos
  • All reference content must be sufficiently distinct. This means the following are not eligible:
  • Karaoke recordings, remasters, sound-alike recordings, live versions that are not distinct from the original version, and dubbed content
  • Sound effects, soundbeds, or production loops such as audience applauses, white noise, or drum loops
  • A single distinct piece is eligible. This means the following are not eligible:
  • Continuous DJ mixes
  • Mashups
  • Countdown lists
  • Full album or full compilation recordings

Even if you exclusively own all the content within these examples in all territories, you must separate them into individual components, songs, or videos.

Recording of non-musical work is not eligible. This includes:

  • Audiobooks
  • ASMR
  • Podcasts
  • Speeches
  • Comedy recordings
  • Film recordings
  • Prayers
  • Video gameplay footage

Sound recordings that exceed a duration of 10 minutes are flagged as ineligible.