Why is Content Recognition blocked on my release?

For some clarification, read on for an explanation.

Content Recognition stores (YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok) may be blocked on your release for numerous reasons:

Non-exclusive content

If you use any non-exclusive samples in your RouteNote release, unfortunately, we won’t be able to put it on services with content recognition systems running. These stores are YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok; YouTube Music will still be available to you as a store, as it does not use the Content recognition system.

Non-exclusive samples are samples that anyone could obtain for their own track, whether purchased or available for free (including Royalty Free samples).

Content recognition systems compare audio in their database against anything that’s already been uploaded. If the sample you’re using is already part of existing tracks online or could be obtained by anyone to use in their release, inaccurate matches and claims would be generated if a track using the same sample gets sent to Content ID stores.

For example:

  • Samples from Splice, Cymatics, Looperman, etc.
  • Public domain/creative commons content: Wikipedia, out of copyright speech samples.
  • Third party backing tracks, whether leased or Royalty Free.

Samples which confuse Content recognition systems:

  • Nature sounds and ambience (birdsong, flowing water, etc).
  • White noise, static, etc.
  • Vocaloids and AI generated speech.

Prohibited types of release

Our Content Recognition stores (YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok) do not allow the following:

  • Remixes of other peoples’ tracks, even if you have the rights to release the remix.
  • Compilation albums of already-released tracks (these will match to the already-released songs).
  • Covers of public domain songs: traditional folk music, out of copyright tunes (e.g. pre-war jazz/show tunes).
  • Soundtracks (these may match to the original media).
  • Live performances.
  • Classical music.
  • Ambient ‘soundscape’ style content.
  • Nature sounds.
  • ASMR content.
  • Meditation releases.
  • Chanted mantras and prayers.
  • Karaoke releases.
  • Sound-alikes.
  • Sound effects.
  • Soundbeds.
  • Meditation, yoga, or sleep music.
  • Film scores.
  • DJ sets or continuous mixes.
  • Film scores.
  • Production style music, this can be any music produced with the intention of being used in other projects, such as music, videos, video games, etc.
  • Production Library Music (including loops).

This is laid out in the stores terms and conditions, which means this cannot be disputed.
Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Read more on YouTube Content ID by clicking here for our blog post.

Check out the full RouteNote Style Guide here!

If you have any further queries, feel free to get in touch with us!

See also:
How does YouTube’s Content ID system work? 
Can I use sample packs in my release?

Will Content Recognition be blocked on my release if I use samples?

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