YouTube changes policy on short song clips and unintended audio

Aug 16 2019 2 min read

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YouTube has announced that it will prevent copyright owners from making money on manual claims that involve a short song clip or unintended audio.

For further clarification, a ‘short’ song clip is less than 10 seconds long, but unlicensed music could still lead to a claim. Timestamps will however, make it easier for creators to edit out the offending material, unlike before when a small clip would lose creators all the video's revenue. 

As of today, music partners will be notified of this new policy, as well as any new manual claims that don’t adhere to it,” stated YouTube in a blog post. “We’ll ramp up policy enforcement mid-September – after that time, those who repeatedly fail to follow this policy will have their access to manual claiming revoked.”

The rate of copyright strikes on YouTube has reached alarming levels, with many content creators moving to other services like Twitch, Mixer and even Patreon. This policy change could serve to reduce the number of strikes creators receive, thereby protecting their video revenue. 

It's a good step in the right direction and hopefully, enough reason for those creators that have been contemplating a departure to remain on the service. 

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