You may have received a claim from us on one of your YouTube videos. It’s nothing to worry about though, and we’ll explain what it means here.

Receiving a claim on YouTube can be a worrying thing to see for a creator. We’re here to clear up the confusion over what a claim from RouteNote can mean on YouTube, why you don’t need to worry about it, and what you can do if there’s cause to dispute it.

Is this a copyright strike?

No. This is often the biggest concern for channels who have received a claim from us. RouteNote does not copyright strike any channels. A claim from us will not effect the integrity of your channel and will never lead to a removal of your channel.

What is a YouTube claim by RouteNote?

We claim for the audio on videos using YouTube’s Content ID system. Artists and labels use our services to ensure their music is protected and this means that when it is used by other people on YouTube, the revenues will be redirected to them for the use of their content.

What is Content ID?

Content ID is YouTube’s in-built software for detecting audio across all of their content. It allows them to take in audio – for example a track that we send to them – and then they can easily detect any time that piece of audio is being used so that the revenue from the video can go to the original copyright holder.

What does a RouteNote claim mean for your video?

Your video will still be live and available for people to watch. The only thing that changes when you receive a copyright claim is the ad revenue from the video will go to the copyright holder of the original audio. Other than the revenue stream, your video and channel will not be affected.

What if a YouTube claim is wrong?

YouTube Content ID is an automatic system and whilst it is very good at what it does, that doesn’t mean that it can’t get things wrong sometimes. If you do feel that you have been wrongly claimed on a video – or if you have been given permission by the original creator to use the audio in your video and retain the revenue – then you can dispute the claim on YouTube and our team will investigate it and release the claim where appropriate.

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. From the left-hand menu, select Content and find your video.
  3. In the ‘Restrictions’ column, hover over ‘Copyright claim’ and click SEE DETAILS.
  4. Click SELECT ACTIONS and then Dispute.

When you file a dispute please include your reasoning for disputing it so that our team can look into the claim and see if it is valid or not. Once we’ve been able to review the claim we will release it if your dispute is found to be legitimate.


On the other side of the table, if you’re a musician, artist, producer, or anyone else making music and you want to protect your music on YouTube and earn money when your tracks are used: Head to www.routenote.com and sign up for free.