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What should I do when I get a copyright warning on YouTube?
What should I do when I get a copyright warning on YouTube?

Having copyright issues with your music for YouTube videos? No worries! Here's what to do.

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Written by Kate
Updated over a week ago

All music provided in the library is royalty-free. This means that you may use it as you see fit, including videos that you create for third parties. You have all the rights to use the music in your videos, and there is no violation of copyright.

However, when you upload a video that contains stock music to YouTube, sometimes you might receive a 'Copyright Claim' warning. This happens because social networks (YouTube included) have automatic checks set up to file claims if the content that is not from the public domain is detected.

How to Clear a Claim

Navigate to the Youtube Whitelist page in your profile. Here you need to add YouTube Channel ID (or multiple IDs). In 30 minutes the claim will be removed.

How many channels I can whitelist?

With Creator subscription, it's 1 channel. With Business up to 20 channels.

We don't provide this feature for free users, but you can contact support with copyright claim info to clear it.

We can clean most of the claims at the first step. However, sometimes it’s not enough. If this is your case, please file a dispute form. It might take more time (up to 72 hours) but will work for sure.

Possible issues when filing a dispute

Incorrect URL

YouTube URL is a full link to the affected video. Please copy it directly from the address bar, it will not work with shortened link.

Wrong (don't use a channel link):



Wrong claimant name

There's no standard format for the claimant name, if the form refuses to take what you wrote, check if the name can be shortened.


HAAWK for a 3rd party, on behalf of Storyblocks


Nothing helps, what should I do?

Don’t give up! If our tools don’t help for some reason please contact support and provide:

  1. Youtube video URL

  2. project URL

  3. Claimant name

  4. Screenshot of the claim

We’ll contact our content provider to remove a claim manually.

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