you have licensed a music track from Shockwave-Sound.com and you
get a "copyright notice" on your video, where the music
ownership is claimed by some company (e.g. CDBaby, AdRev), first
of all, rest assured that you're not in any kind of trouble.
You are not being accused of copyright infringement. You are simply
being informed that our music was found in your video.
Copyright notices on YouTube are completely automated.
The music in the video was automatically recognized by technology.
YouTube's automated system doesn't know that you have bought a license,
and that's why you're getting the "copyright notice".
The copyright notice can easily be removed by using the "Dispute"
feature on the YouTube copyright notice page to provide documentation
that you've purchased a license to use the music in your video.
Within a day or two, the copyright notice on your video will be
This process ensures that you, as a valid license holder, get
rights with your music that those who didn't buy license
don't get. The purpose of Content-ID is to monetize videos
uploaded by people who didn't buy a license. Unfortunately,
YouTube's automated system doesn't know who bought a license and
who didn't. Which is why you need to use the "Dispute"
function there to provide information/documentation of your license
If you still have trouble with this, fill in our contact
form and let us know (A) the link/URL to your video, (B) details
of your license order, such as order number or customer name so
that we may find the order, (C) information from the copyright notice
screen on YouTube which displays the track title being found in
your video, the artist and the company claiming administration of
the track. We will help you to look into the matter, possibly contact
the artist to get them to help as well. If you are a paying customer,
we will definitely get the copyright notice removed from your video(s).
Classical music copyright notices
With classical music recordings, the situation is
messy. The thing with classical music is that the actual composition
is in the public domain (it belongs to no one and everyone), but
who ever actually makes their own recording and arrangement of a
piece of classical music automatically owns the copyright to that
recording. We have the rights to our version of Chopin's Nocturne.
But another company may have made their own version of
the same composition, and they may have put that recording into
the YouTube audio recognition system. And that fully automated system
often cannot tell the difference between one version/recording and
If you received a "copyright notice" message when using
classical music that you licensed from us, most likely some company,
somewhere, has made their version of the same composition, and they
own the rights to that recording. They don't own the rights
to the version that we sell, but YouTube's automated systems cannot
tell the two versions apart from each other, and the track that
you licensed from us is wrongly being matched to a recording of
the same classical composition made by somebody else.
It's a real mess up there at YouTube with classical music, and
in some cases, several big music publishing companies are claiming
the rights to the same piece of music, even though that recording
doesn't even belong to any of them. This
thread over at Google Groups illustrates some of the problems
people are having with companies claiming rights to public domain
and classical compositions that they don't own the rights to.
There's not really much we can do about this, other than to recommend
you use the "Dispute" feature and, if necessary, provide
the license documentation that you got from our site when you made
your purchase. You may explain during the dispute submission process
that this is a case of mistaken identity and that this version so-and-so
composition is a recording that is licensed to you via Shockwave-Sound.com
and it is not the same recording as (what ever company is claiming
the rights to it). With a bit of luck, this process will lead to
the claim being removed from your video.