My Experience with Copyright Claims

Recently, I downloaded around 130 music tracks for my latest project from Envato. I used a filter to exclude tracks with “content ID” and confirmed in the details that none of the tracks had it.

To my surprise, after uploading the video to YouTube, I received 62 copyright claims. I thought it might be a mistake, but after download licenses for the first three tracks and uploading them as usual, I received a response stating that the claims by the copyright owner, Elite Alliance Music, were valid.

I can appeal the decision, but going through the same procedure 62 times for a simple video is not worth it. I had planned to do a live youtube playlist, but that seems pointless now.

My question is, if I appeal again and receive a strike, who will pay for it? My channel will be ruined, and I won’t be able to monetize it.

I am extremely frustrated because I spent 20 hours preparing this video. Has anyone else experienced something similar?


Item Title: Club Fashion
Item URL: Club Fashion, Royalty Free Music Track - Envato Elements
Item ID: CAH2486
Author Username: Bransboynd
Licensee: ************
Registered Project Name: Lofi Chill Club
License Date: March 17th, 2023
Item License Code: 6FHQ9W5RJU

Getting a copyright claim when you use copyrighted material is normal and how Youtube works. You buy licenses specifically to clear those claims.

Targeting tracks that are not registered with ContentID is always a bad idea. Professional music authors all register their tracks. If an author does not, you can deem them suspicious. Unregistered music is often targeted by fraudsters who illegitimately register the music in their name, in which case there is no clearing the claim until the true author has regained ownership.

Appealing through Youtube is not the best way to deal with it. Most ContentID managers, such as Elite Alliance, AdRev, Identifyy, have forms you can fill to lift the claims within a few hours, or even minutes.

If a dispute is rejected even though you provided a valid license that had not been previously used, then something is not working properly. In such cases, you want to contact the author so that they sort it out for you.