Why is AdRev flagging my video for third party content matches?

You’re probably wondering what this all means right? You’ve legally bought a license to use music in your YouTube video from here yet you’re STILL getting a ‘third-party content match’ flag on it!

Don’t worry, this is a normal and automatic screening process that YouTube has in place called Content ID to monitor how and where music is being used in YouTube. You can watch a quick video on how it works here.

A lot of the confusion you see online comes from misinformation about what Content ID is and how to clear it, particularly as there are so many Content ID partners administering it in haphazard ways.

The process of screening content online is becoming standard practice to separate genuine customers from those who are using the content illegally. Companies like Google are basically now asking to see your ticket before you go in to the cinema.

In the world of YouTube, Content ID is used by companies like AdRev to identify where music is being placed, while other companies screen the videos to monitor how copyrighted video is used (bear this in mind if you see a company other than AdRev in the claim as your video might be being flagged for something other than the music you’ve purchased here).

With AdRev, it’s very quick and easy to clear claims for the music you purchase from Instrumental Background Music. You won’t get a strike, ban or a permanent flag applied to your account if you follow the steps below and we’re on call if you need assistance, just send an email to: us@instrumentalbackgroundmusic.com

Remember that third-party matches are only applied to videos uploaded to YouTube. Other usages, like on TV, games and film, aren’t currently affected by this.

How to clear your video of AdRev claims

Along with the receipt & license agreement we emailed you upon purchase, Make a note of your YouTube URL and submit your details to AdRev here:

Clear my video

Remember that clearing your video can take up to 24-96 hours to process, although it is usually much quicker than this. Once the process is complete, the video will be cleared of the AdRev claim and and you’ll be able to do things like monetize your video without issue.

How to clear your channel of AdRev claims

If you are a regular customer of Instrumental Background Music and are only using our music in your videos, we can whitelist your channel so that you don’t have to clear your videos each time you upload them.

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Web / streaming Use on social media sites like YouTube, Vimeo etc., podcasts, company website videos, online adverts & e-learning etc. Excludes crowdfunding. Up to 1 million views Up to 10 million views Unlimited views
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