Nov 18

I’ve received a YouTube Content ID Claim. What now?

Every sound effect and music track on is 100% royalty free and legal for you to use. We only add content that either we created, or was contributed by the creator, copyright owner or authorized distributor, so you can feel safe using our audio content.

However YouTube content ID claims can happen, although not often. We know how frustrating it can be to receive a claim so we are here to help you. Here is what you need to know and what you need to do to get the claim resolved swiftly.

Why do claims happen?

When someone creates a sound effect or piece of music, they own the copyright. The copyright stays with the audio, even if it’s released as royalty-free. Royalty free means the copyright owner has waived the right to earn royalties when the audio is performed publicly.

Some copyright owners distribute their material via several platforms, so zapsplat might not be the only platform those sounds or music can be downloaded from. They also might assign a company to handle their copyrights, who in turn may register them on their behalf.  This is where YouTube’s content ID system can scan a video, find a piece of music and trigger the claim.

If this happens, your video will most likely be flagged and you’ll receive the claim with the option to dispute it.

Firstly, if this happens, contact us straight away. We’ll require the following info from you:

  1. Contact us with your YouTube channel name/link, your legal name and details of the ID claim (company name and contact details).
  2. We will send you the relevant information described above to help you get the claim resolved.
  3. We will also contact the claimant and ask for the claim to be removed and video released.
  4. File the dispute making sure to attach the files we send you.

We can’t guarantee to get every claim resolved, but we usually do.


About The Author

I'm the founder of and professional sound designer. I provide free sound effects for games, TV, radio, filmmaking, podcasts, YouTube and more. You can download all my sounds free as mp3 and wav files here at ZapSplat.

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