What is "Content ID" and "Rights Manager" ?

Content ID refers to the technology of adding a “digital fingerprint” to online content, in this case music, for recognition and tracking across YouTube (and places that YouTube content is used and embedded). Without this “digital fingerprint”, tracking legal and illegal use of copyrighted content would be impossible. “Rights Manager” works in the same way but for Facebook and Instagram.

What is HAAWK / Identifyy?

Identifyy is a platform that utilises “digital fingerprint” technology to track, manage and administer copyrighted material on behalf of content creators and copyright holders. Identifyy is part of HAAWK (created by the same founder of “AdRev”) and it is a YouTube/Facebook/Instagram fully verified and certified partner.

Identifyy provides its users with various tracking reports and tools to clear any erroneous claims made against a YouTube video, as well as options to deal with illegal uses like displaying ads over videos (where the revenue is then paid to the copyright holder) or removing the content all together.

Why am I receiving a message that my video “includes copyrighted content”?

If your video has been identified as matching third party content or “flagged” as it’s often called, please do not worry or panic. This is simply a security message that YouTube uses to communicate that it has noticed you are using music with a copyright belonging to myself (AllenGrey). A flag is not to be confused with a “strike” which is when action has been taken against your account to forcefully remove content that has been illegally used. While a strike will negatively affect your account, a flag or notice will not.

All videos that match third party content (shown as “HAAWK for a 3rd party”) are immediately flagged because YouTube doesn’t yet know that you have the rights to use it legally. It’s important to note that while a video is flagged, monetization of ads will be disabled for that video. Ads may still run, however to receive money collected during a run period the video needs to be “cleared”.

If you have purchased a license from AudioJungle for use and monetization on YouTube, there are 3 quick and easy ways (see below) to let YouTube know that you do, in fact, have the rights to use it. Once the process is completed, the message will be removed and the video will be cleared for monetization.

Where can I locate the license for the track I purchased from Audiojungle or elements?

Login to your Audiojungle (or any Envato Market) account and click on the downloads tab. Then, locate the track you purchased. Next to it, click on “Download”. You will have the option to download the license file as a PDF or (.txt). Both options are fine.

How do I clear my video (in other words: remove the “includes copyrighted content” notice)?

Removing a flag (“includes copyright content” notice) from your video is a quick process, and can be done in 2 easy ways:

1) Clearing a video through Identifyy directly.

The most simple and quick method of clearing a video is through By submitting your info and license to Identifyy directly, videos are often cleared in less than a week, and you will receive a confirmation email from them once the process is complete. In the message portion of the form, just enter the following statement, followed by the text from your license:

I have purchased a license to use the music track “[Title of the Track]” by AllenGrey from the website “” or "", and have the right to use the track on YouTube. I am pasting my license information below as proof: * paste license info here *

2) Clearing a video through your YouTube account, using the built in form.

Logged into your YouTube channel. Go to ‘YouTube Studio’ (‘Creator Studio’) and navigate to the video manager tab. Next to your video you will notice that there is a “includes copyrighted content” link. Follow that link. Next, click the link that says “file a dispute”, select the box “I have a license or permission from the proper rights holder to use this material”, and click continue. You will now be asked to briefly explain in writing the selection you just made. In this message box, just enter the following statement (same as above), followed by the text from your license:

I have purchased a license to use the music track “[Title of the Track]” by AllenGrey from the website “” or "" , and have the right to use the track on YouTube. I am pasting my license information below as proof: * paste license info here *

Once the message box is filled, submit the form and you’re done! Claims using the YouTube form are usually cleared within 24 – 96 hours.

Is there a way I can pre-clear a video before it goes live ?

Yes, When you are uploading a video to YouTube, you have the option to set it as “unlisted”. When you select this option, the video is uploaded and a YouTube link will be generated, but the video will not yet be “live” for your subscribers to see. The video also will not be posted to your channel yet.

After refreshing the video manager page, the “includes copyrighted content” notice will display. Follow the instructions to “Clearing a video through your YouTube account?” as written above, and wait for the notice to disappear in the video manager.

Once the notice is removed, switch your video to public, and you will be collecting monetized views (if you have it enabled) from the very beginning without interruption.

Can I clear my YouTube channel entirely?

Yes, If you have licensed at least 5 of my tracks previously you are eligible to have your entire channel white-listed from Content ID. If you meet the minimum 5 tracks criteria and would like to clear your entire YouTube channel (future uploads will not need to be cleared individually and you won’t receive the “includes copyrighted content” notices) Please send me an email with a link to at least 5 YouTube videos using my tracks and attach their licenses. Please be aware that channels cannot have existing unresolved Content ID claims.


Click on the button below and select "Release a HAAWK Claim on a video", then enter the link

to your video, your name, email, and copy and paste your license information in the message part of the form.
The claim should be released within a few days after you click SUBMIT.