Why has my YouTube video received a copyright claim?

If you have received a YouTube Content ID copyright claim from ‘Screenwave Media’ on your YouTube video, there’s no need to panic! We distribute and help manage on behalf of a large number of copyright holders, and as part of this service we submit audio to YouTubes’ Content ID system. This is an automated system that tries to match audio on YouTube videos with audio and/or video that is in our catalogue, and alerts us when a match is found.

If you have received a Content ID copyright notice from Screenwave Media, it indicates that your video possibly contains audio for which one of our clients holds the copyright. On behalf of our partners we will claim their content used in other videos to ensure that they still receive revenue for their works. Some of our partners, you may already know such as CG5, DAGames, and OR3O. These claims are usually not strikes. But could result in a strike if you dispute any content that you do not own. 

We’ve put together the following guide to help you understand what this means, and what you can do.

You own the copyright for a piece of music if…

  • It is an original production by yourself and you have not signed a contract to give copyright for the track to a third-party such as a record label.
  • You have a signed contract from the original artist that grants you copyright over the music.

Sample/remix use: If your music uses samples from other copyrighted content and you have permission, then you must be able to prove it from the copyright holders of that content.

I was given permission from the copyright holder:
If you have received permission from the record label or the track has been officially licensed for use on your channel or video, then you can dispute the claim through YouTube. We will then contact the copyright holder to confirm your claim. Once we have confirmation from the copyright holder that you have permission to use the music, we will release the copyright claim on your video.

What happens next?
Your video will not be taken down; however, YouTube will place ads on your video. By doing this, you are able to keep your video available to the public on YouTube, and the copyright holder is able to gain revenue from your use of their content.

On some occasions, the copyright holder may have reasons why they do not want their content to be used on your video. Perhaps it could negatively impact other marketing campaigns they are currently running.

If the copyright holder requests it, we are obliged to have the video blocked from YouTube on their behalf.

If you appeal, you will likely receive a notification that your video will be removed in 7 days. We encourage you to remove your appeal so we may monetize on behalf of our clients, and so you will not receive a copyright strike.