YouTube now allows users to check copyrighted music before uploading a video

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Google has launched a new feature in the YouTube Audio Library which allows content creators who use copyrighted music to see what will happen to their videos before they upload them and not as it has been, after. Before this there was no warning at all, all that happened was that if the song had been taken down, one would be confronted by a blank video.

Beginning yesterday, when users uploads a video to YouTube, its Content ID system will automatically try to figure out if you’re using any copyrighted music in it. This service will allow artist and labels to choose to either mute that music, block the video from appearing or monetise the video by running ads against it.

Through this service a user can check and see if the video will still be viewable worldwide and that ads will appear on your video.

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It might seem as if YouTube is being unnecessary stringent, but for content creators this is good news. At least now with this new feature, content creators will not be confronted by that unexpected notice that the video has been taken down without any prior communication. It gives the uploaders the chance to change the music before the video goes live if it contravenes copyright laws.

YouTube also advises that those who want to monetise their videos can download thousands of songs and sound effects from the YouTube Audio Library to use in videos without copyright issues.

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