Not all sound recordings are appropriate for distribution to YouTube Content ID and Facebook Rights Manager. Repeatedly distributing such content to those 2 DSPs can result in the suspension of your distribution to these DSPs.


The following is a list of content which should not be distributed to YouTube Content ID and Facebook Rights Manager.


  • Has any samples or 3rd party beats (in other words, it's not 100% original — regardless of whether it has a valid license or not).
  • Contains sound effects, soundbeds, or production loops from a software package.
  • Includes non-distinct recording such as nature or wildlife sounds, street noise, ambient sounds (fireplace crackle, etc.)
  • Remix that isn't significantly different from the original.
  • Karaoke versions.
  • A variation of a sound recording that has already been distributed to YouTube Content ID or Facebook Rights Manager. For example:
    • an instrumental version
    • a remaster
    • a shorter/longer version (for example a medley or a concert version where the sound recording is not significantly different from the one previously distributed to YouTube Content ID or Facebook Rights Manager)
  • Sound-alike or a cover song that sounds too close to the original (you can determine this by Shazaming your track; if Shazam indicates the original version, then your track sounds too much like the original).
  • Classical music recording of a composition in the public domain.
  • Meditation, yoga, or sleep music.
  • DJ set, a continuous mix, or other similar compilations.
  • Video gameplay footage.
  • Non-music content such as (but not limited to):
    • comedy recordings
    • film recordings (that are not the musical score to a film)
    • speeches
    • prayer recordings
    • audiobooks
    • podcasts