WHAT ARE INVALID REFERENCES?
Invalid references are sound recordings which YouTube deems inappropriate for Content ID because they are not distinct enough or include 3rd party content which is "rights free". Below is a list of example sound recordings that are invalid references — but please note that this list is not exhaustive.
WHAT IS THE CONSEQUENCE OF HAVING ONE OF YOUR SOUND RECORDINGS MARKED AS INVALID?
If one of your sound recordings (or a segment from one of these) is marked as invalid, YouTube will exclude it from Content ID and you will not receive any royalties for the excluded sound recording or segment.
WHAT TO DO IF ONE OF YOUR SOUND RECORDINGS IS MARKED AS INVALID
- Please review the list of invalid criteria above and ensure that your sound recordings does not match any of these.
- If you believe that your reference file is valid, then please email email@example.com with the following:
- The Issue ID from your Content ID Dashboard
- The reason why you believe that YouTube is mistaken in considering your sound recording invalid.