YouTube claims

In order to prevent fraud and piracy, YouTube has employed a Content ID system which attempts to identify and raise a claim on rights on as much music as possible, including some royalty-free music.

Why am I getting a third-party match on my video?

When YouTube notifies you that they identified the music in your video that you have already purchased, you can file a dispute via AdRev (this is the company who ‘administer’ the claims) using the instructions below. This is a one-time process and quick and easy.

If you don’t respond to the copyright notice or acknowledge the claim as rightful, you will not receive a strike on your account, however, you won’t be able to monetize your video and/or remove the default adverts that pop up.

How to Release Matched Third Party Content claims

Assuming you’ve purchased our royalty-free music on and have the receipt & license agreement we emailed you upon purchase, then all you need to do to remove the claim is submit your details to AdRev as per the instructions in the license.

The dispute reviewing process can take up to 24-96 hours to process and once the dispute is approved, the notice will disappear and you’ll be able to monetize your video with your own ads.

Clear your third-party match with AdRev

Important notes

  • Your license from Instrumental Background Music does NOT allow you to upload your project to YouTube’s Content ID yourself. Composers who have uploaded their work to Instrumental Background Music retain ownership of the Recording. However, because of the nature of YouTube’s content recognition software, uploading our music to Content ID, even as background music to your project, could cause mistaken copyright claims for other users and/or prevent you from uploading your content.
  • The process described below is for releasing claims on videos only when the music is from Instrumental Background Music i.e. you have purchased a track and are using it in a video that you have created that doesn’t contain other copyrighted material.
  • If you are using a variety of music and video and content that is not your own, it is highly possible that other copyright holders will flag your video, so it is a good idea to get licenses for the content you’re using otherwise things can get messy and your channel taken down by YouTube for too many strikes.
  • If you are a regular customer at Instrumental Background Music, then we may be able to whitelist your channel so that any music you use from us does not generate matched third-party content claims on your YouTube channels.

For YouTube’s own description of the situation, sit back and watch this video about contentID:

Pricing & Licenses overview

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License Type Standard Premium Pro
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
Crowdfunding Video promoting a brand, product, service, promotion or company / organization incl. events. Goal of $1 - $20k Goal of $20k - $200k Goal of $200k +
Apps & Games Online games & apps, free mobile apps, paid apps Up to 1,000 downloads Up to 1 million downloads 1+ million downloads
Downloads / Physical Distribution Video & film downloads, multimedia CD's & DVD's, wedding videos Up to 1,000 downloads / copies Up to 1 million downloads / copies 1+ million downloads /copies
Television / Radio / Film Background music in TV & radio, theme music, film projects & film festivals. Cue sheet required Budget up to $50k, distribution in 1 territory in 1 project * Budget up to $1 million, distribution in 1 territory in 1 project * Budget of $1+ million, multiple territories, 1 project *
Advertising TV, Cinema & Radio advertising
Unlimited subscription (Please note VAT applied to EU sales). $8.25 / month (paid annually) $16.58 / month (paid annually) Subscribe
Single purchase (Please note VAT applied to EU sales). $25 $149 Contact us

Full details of all licenses

* A 'territory' is considered a single country.