YouTube Behind the Scenes: Reference Overlaps

by Garrett Gomez in Content Protection June 20, 2017

If you upload a video on YouTube that contains segments with identical audio, video, or audiovisual content to another uploaded video, you could end up with a reference overlap.

This post will include some behind the scenes images of our CMS in the hopes to educate YouTube creators on better understanding the process rights holders go through when reviewing and acting upon reference overlaps.

As an Artist, it is important to note that the audio in your YouTube video must contain all original content if you are hoping to get your video monetized. If you are trying to monetize and your track contains segments that are not original works, it is likely that your video may end up in your CMS owner’s reference overlap section.

For a CMS owner, once they open up the reference overlap tab they have the option to no, exclude overlap or yes, assert exclusive rights. If your video appears to have matching audio portions to another video and is more recent than the other, it is likely that the CMS owner will select: no, exclude overlap. This means that permission has been given to the other party to assert exclusive rights over the disputed portion of the video. Likewise, the identical portion of your audio will also be lifted out of your video so it is no longer matching the other.

If the CMS owner finds that your audio/video was original and that it was released before the opposing video, they will have the option to select yes, assert exclusive rights. This means that the CMS owner can assert your rights on the audio/video on their behalf. It also means, however, that the owner of the other video will have the option to exclude or contact you or your CMS owner about the overlapping portion.

In the image below you can see on the bottom right where a CMS owner can select: yes, assert exclusive rights.

Repost cannot speak for other rights holders across YouTube. That said, if you have original content, Repost will assert exclusive rights on your video.

Good luck and be sure to keep creating original content!