If you received a notice from YouTube that your video may have content that is owned or licensed by The Orchard, a music and video distribution company, please read the outline below which should address questions you may have. First off, please know that The Orchard does not intend to sue you or seek to have your video removed from YouTube.
The notice informs you that YouTube’s content identification system has matched the audio (or a portion of the audio) used in your video to audio that belongs to a particular copyright owner or was licensed to a particular distributor (The Orchard, among others). YouTube’s Copyright Center explains their identification system as follows:
“The system is tuned to offer the best possible automated matches while eliminating most false positive matches.”
If you do nothing, all that will happen is that YouTube will add one or more links below your video. These links take the viewer to an online store where they can purchase the music used in the video. Please read the following as we hope it will help you to understand what the notification means, how it pertains to your video, and what you should do.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION
The YouTube Copyright Center is the place for definitive information regarding this process. The following offers some helpful tips in getting the most out of this resource.
If you have received a notice you will see a link next to your video as in the following image. To learn more about the status of your video and what you steps you can take, select the “View Copyright Info” link.
On selecting that link, you will see a screen like the one below…
We have found that the “Policy and Copyright Guidelines” link will often contain the answer to your question.
This is the YouTube Copyright Center.
Selecting the “Frequently asked questions” link will take you to the following screen.
If the “frequently asked questions” section does not address your specific question or issue, you may choose to select “Learn more about the dispute process” from your initial notification, shown in…
Doing so will bring you to the following screen…
This screen discusses invalid and valid reasons to dispute a given claim. You may require more information. If so, select the “Take me to the YouTube Copyright Help Center” link as shown above. Doing so leads to…
If you wish to dispute the claim, select the “Take me to the dispute form” link. This will bring you to the beginning of the process (as seen below) for disputing a claim.
Follow the remaining step(s) in the dispute process and The Orchard will address your claim accordingly. Please be as thorough as possible in doing so as this will assist in your claim being processed faster. If you do dispute a claim, we ask for your patience. Reviewing disputes is a time-consuming process for us. Your claim will be resolved. We hope you find this information helpful.
THE ORCHARD TEAM