MikS Music
Did you use my music in YouTube video and received third-party copyright claim? Read this post to learn what it means and how you can quickly resolve it.

youtube adrev copyright claims notice

Why you received the claim?

Since my music is copyrighted, YouTube’s digital fingerprinting system, Content ID, is merely informing you that your video contains some third-party copyrighted content.

Your video is still fully available and your channel is not being penalized.

However, unless the claim is removed, YouTube may show ads in your video.

To find out more, log in to your YouTube account and check for outstanding copyright claims by following these simple steps:

  1. Go to Video Manager
  2. Look for ‘Copyright claim’ links next to each video
  3. Click on the claim to view the details

video with copyright claim

Now click ‘View copyright claim details’. This will take you to the Copyright status and summary screen where you can see who issued the claim and how it affects your video.

copyright summary details

If it correctly identifies the track you licensed from me (it will say something like “Track ABC – MikS Music”), I can quickly remove the claim.

How to quickly remove the claim and the ads?

Our good friends at SafeMusicList have put together a quick tutorial:


As of now, the fastest option to resolve the claim is to contact AdRev support directly by sending a message to support@adrev.net

Simply send them a link to your video and attach the licensing certificate that you can download from your order history page. They usually release the claims within 24h.

Option 1

Simply send me the link to your video. If you have the order number handy, please include it as well for faster processing. You can also simply reply to the order confirmation email.

As soon as I have the link, I will white-list your video in YouTube’s system and the ads will disappear within 24 hours. Normally, I can do that the same day I receive your email.

Tip! Send me the link before publishing you video. Once whitelisted, go ahead and publish, there will be no claims and no ads.

If you purchased multiple licenses, I can request your entire YouTube channel whitelisted. This prevents the future claims for using the music tracks you licensed.

Option 2

Contact AdRev support at support@adrev.net and let them know that you purchased the license that grants you the right to use my music on YouTube. Include the link to your video and attach the licensing certificate as proof of proper licensing.

Their support is fairly quick and you can expect the claim released within 24-48 hours.

Option 3 (not recommended)

Dispute via YouTube’s built-in form. I do not recommend this option, as it is the slowest and the least transparent.

dispute youtube copyright

Yet again, use the the order confirmation email as the proof of licensing.

What is AdRev?

AdRev is a YouTube Partner platform that relies on the Content ID system to manage and administer copyrighted content on behalf of content owners. Many composers and musicians use this system to monitor and get compensated for unlicensed use of their music on YouTube.


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More on this topic:

Read This Before Using “Copyright Free” Music In Your Marketing Video
10 Tips For Choosing The Right Background Music For Your Marketing Video

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About the author: Hi, I’m Mik. I make royalty free music for promotional videos, YouTube business vlogs, marketing campaigns, film, and more. All my music is available for licensing online with a simple royalty free commercial license. Buy once, download instantly, use forever!


  1. Hi I’m just wondering if the solution you have posted for copyright claims, also works for artists publishing song cover videos on youtube?


  2. HAAAAWK for a 3rd Party has declared its rights to my music video posted on the anniversary shot for my client on his original music when everything turned out to be a claim was withdrawn, but I want to understand how the HAAAAWK for a 3rd Party is punished for making false claims for rights?

    1. There may be different reasons you got the claim. In my experience, a false match is the most common reason. HAAWK relies on YouTube’s Content id system and every now and then that systems matches wrong songs together. Normally, this can be easily resolved by contacting the claimant. Another common reason is that many musicians re-use loops and so-called “construction kits” to facilitate production. That invariably introduces common sounds into their work and generates false matches.

      That’s one of the reasons why some YouTube Content ID partners (AdRev most notably) stopped accepting royalty free music from most musicians. It creates too much confusion and false claims.

      So, as you can see, HAAWK isn’t after you and there is no malicious intent. Just a wrong match. It’s also worth mentioning that claims (unlike copyright strikes) do not penalize your channel.

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