How YouTube Detects When You Upload Copyrighted Stuff... And Makes Money Off It!

Have you ever wondered how YouTube is able to uncover all the videos that break copyright laws, with over 35 hours of video uploaded per minute? The answer is a little system that YouTube likes to call Content ID.

Have you ever had one of your videos taken down from YouTube or your soundtrack removed because you violated copyright laws by using someone else’s music or video footage? Have you ever wondered how YouTube is able to uncover all the videos that break copyright laws, with over 35 hours of video uploaded per minute? The answer is a little system that YouTube likes to call Content ID. Read on to learn more about Content ID, how YouTube uses it to find videos that use copyrighted material, and how many copyright violations have been claimed as a result of the service.

YouTube first announced their Video Identification technology, which has since become known as Content ID, three years ago. The technology consisted of audio and video matching tools that match each and every video uploaded to the site against video and audio content provided by content owners (i.e. networks, record labels, film studios, etc.). If YouTube finds a video in which copyrighted materials are used, they take whichever action the content owner has indicated. Actions include blocking the video entirely, tracking the video, or monetizing the video. The video below illustrates how Content ID works: