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📺 Disputing A Copyright Claim On YouTube

📺 Disputing A Copyright Claim On YouTube


Earlier this week, I posted my latest video from my YouTube channel, called 🚘 JUST DRIVE (HOME) 🏡. It hasn’t been the most viewed video and that might be because I received a copyright claim shortly after posting.

Here’s the claim:

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I’m pretty careful when it comes to licensing different music so I was surprised to see this claim. Especially since the claimant isn’t the musician I used in the video.


If I don’t record my own music, I’ll use audio from the terrific CCMixter website. Here’s the process I normally go through:

  1. Search for different genres of music (Hip hop, Rap, etc.)
  2. Depending on the title of the video or the content of the video, I’ll attempt to match the audio title with the video
  3. I’ll download a few different audio files, plug them into a playlist, then put them on shuffle and repeat as I edit the video
  4. When I download the audio files, I copy the license information into the file itself (see below)
  5. After a few rounds, I’ll have the audio I think matches the video
  6. I’ll drag the audio into the video project and add an attribution slide at the end of the video with the license information

It may sound like a lot of work, but it goes fairly quickly now that I have the process down. Here’s what the audio file look like after I’ve added the appropriate licensing:

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Given the process and confidence that I’m attributing the license appropriately, I decided to file a dispute:

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I don’t know what’ll come of this (I’ll post any updates) but it sure is a good learning experience.


I received the following message. Seems all is good, although I have this nagging feeling the power in this discussion was with the individual who posted the copyright claim.

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