Adobe Stock Audio and YouTube’s Content ID

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by Adobe Communications Team

posted on 06-16-2020

Music is a powerful form of creative expression that speaks to us in ways that words cannot. Music is great at communicating the language of the heart and adds emotional power to the visuals. By adding music to your video, you can increase the impact and depth to your message or story.

“Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends.”
― Alphonse de Lamartine

If your viral YouTube masterpiece uses licensed music from Adobe Stock audio, you may see something called a copyright claim from YouTube’s Content ID system. Content ID helps copyright owners protect their music — however, a copyright notice from YouTube does not necessarily mean that any copyrights have been infringed nor does it mean that you will receive a copyright strike. Any music licensed from Adobe Stock includes the right to use it in projects that will be posted on video hosting services.

The best way to avoid YouTube copyright notices is to initially upload your files as “unlisted.” In unlisted mode, YouTube will still scan the file for registered music but also give you the opportunity to upload verification of your license before your video is published.

Follow these two simple steps to remove an audio copyright claim from any video you have posted to YouTube that includes audio from Adobe Stock:

Step one: Get the copyright clearance code(s) you need from Adobe Stock.

To find the clearance code, log in to Adobe Stock. Click on your account picture on the top right, and you will see a license history option.

Once you find the audio track in your license history, click on the info button next to it. This will show your Adobe license key, which you can use for YouTube.

Step two: Enter the stock audio license key for your video on YouTube.

Once you have the Adobe license key for your audio track or tracks, go to your YouTube Studio page and locate the video that has received a copyright claim.

Hover over the video, and click on the “Details” link.

Select “Dispute” from the pull-down menu and then check the box “My dispute isn’t based on any of the reasons above…”

Click “License” and then “I have permission to use the content from the copyright owner.”

Finally, hit “Submit,” and YouTube should resolve your copyright issue shortly.

This article is for informational purposes only and is not legal advice or a substitute for counsel. Also, it may or may not be a complete understanding of all applicable IP rights in your content, depending on the context. Consult your legal counsel for specific legal questions. Click here for more info on audio copyright claims.

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Topics: Video & Audio

Products: Stock, Creative Cloud