YouTube improves copyright infringement warnings for uploaders

If you’re using a popular tune to compliment your YouTube footage, the service now has a way for you to check for possible copyright violations. The site used Content ID to monitor videos for quite some time, but there wasn’t a way to get ahead of issues prior to that final upload. As of today, you can peruse the YouTube Audio Library to see what’ll happen when you post a file containing a particular song. 

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. 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.


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