As reported by Billboard, YouTube made a deal with ASCAP to help publishers and songwriters collect royalties for their work. With ASCAP database of 10.5 million musical works, a rise in content ID claims is expected, so make sure that you are using licensed music to prevent any audio claims in your videos that could reduce your earnings.
YouTube’s global head of music, Lyor Cohen, said "YouTube is dedicated to ensuring artists, publishers and songwriters are fairly compensated”. YouTube already had a deal with BMI, a competitor of ASCAP, and is currently discussing a new long term agreement. This voluntary deal that YouTube made with ASCAP may hint at additional deals YouTube may be looking at in the future.
If you are unsure you are using music com the ASCAP's catalog, you can search for it in their page. If the music you are using is listed, chances are that you already have a claim or will have soon. In many cases, YouTube tools allow you to remove/change the music in your videos, which is something you can do to prevent a drop in your revenue, in case of a claim. However, we recommend that you use the music Freedom! has to offer you for free, that is properly licensed for use on YouTube. To access Freedom's extensive and diverse music catalog, simply go to the Freedom! dashboard and click on the Music menu.
For general music guidelines, make sure you read this article.
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