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This article was published on December 8, 2014


YouTube now tells you what happens when you upload copyrighted music

YouTube now tells you what happens when you upload copyrighted music
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Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their word Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their words friendlier. In his spare time he codes, writes newsletters and cycles around the city.

For a number of years now, YouTube has used its Content ID service to automatically scan for copyrighted tracks and remove them.

Sometimes, it’s unclear why a video is taken down or muted, though, so YouTube will now warns creators about will happen if they upload a video with a copyrighted song.

For example, if you wanted to upload a video featuring Charli XCX’s song “Boom Clap,” YouTube will warn you that it will show ads for the artist on your video, where it will be viewable and that copyright holders can ask for it to be removed anytime.

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YouTube says that this feature is available today and users can search the YouTube Audio Library to see how particular tracks will be affected so there are no surprises.

➤ Mystery solved: What happens when you upload a video with music [YouTube creator blog]

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