How to dispute Content ID copyright notices on YouTube for Animoto

By January 22, 2018Animoto

I don’t know why, but for some reason Animoto took this page down and anyone using Animoto will definitely need to dispute copyright notices every time they upload a Animoto made video to YouTube. By default they will flag every song (in my experience) you use from the Animoto music library. Hope this helps:

It’s important to know that content uploaded to YouTube is scanned using sophisticated algorithms automatically. These algorithms, called ContentID, can identify music of all kind, including the licensed music in the Animoto library.

When you receive a notice from YouTube that your video has “matched third party content,” the first thing you should know is this is completely normal. It simply means that YouTube has identified a song that is not in the public domain (i.e., somebody created it and owns the rights to it).

Depending on who owns the music you’ve chosen, certain licensors tell YouTube to do different things. Sometimes, they’ll put ads on your video, sometimes they won’t.


As a customer of Animoto, you can dispute the automatic action that happens when a Content ID match happens and this article will walk you through that, step by step.

But first, it’s important for you to know that this article assumes that any music in your video has been selected from our library of commercially licensed music. If not, then do not follow these instructions, or you risk having a copyright strike on your YouTube account.

Step 1: File a dispute

Step 2: Select option “I have a license…”

Step 3: Explain the reason for the dispute

Below is a text snippet you can use to let the copyright holder know that you did in fact obtain their music legitimately through the use of your Animoto subscription:

“I am a customer of and confirm that I am properly licensed to use the matched audio, in compliance with Animoto’s commercial terms located at

Please remove any claim or restrictions you’ve placed on my video.”

See below for a completed example:

Step 4: Review and submit the dispute

What happens next?

Your dispute is not read by anybody at YouTube. YouTube simply forwards your dispute to the licensor for review. Most disputes are acknowledged within 24 hours, but it’s not uncommon for them to take several days.

If you have any trouble with this dispute process, or the licensor still insists your claim is not valid after you’ve submitted your details, please let us know by leaving a comment.


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