Review assets for licensing eligibility

Creator Music is now available to U.S. creators in the YouTube Partner Program (YPP). Expansion to YPP creators outside of the U.S. is pending.

Before offering music for licensing on Creator Music, you can filter your assets list to see what assets are licensable. If an asset is ineligible, you can see details about why it's not licensable.

Note: Only sound recording assets can be offered for licensing on Creator Music.

Find out what assets can be licensed

  1. Sign in to Studio Content Manager.
  2. From the left menu, select Assets .
  3. Click the filter bar and then Licensing.
  4. Select one or more filters:
    • Licensable: Asset is currently available for license purchases on Creator Music.
    • Eligible: Asset is eligible for licensing, but doesn't have a license strategy applied.
    • Action required: Asset requires action by you in order to be licensable. Learn more below.
    • Action required by others: Asset requires action by others in order to be licensable. Learn more below.
    • Inactive: Assets isn't licensable. Learn more below.
  5. Click APPLY.
Note: You can see what license strategy an asset has from the License strategy column on the Assets  page. To filter your assets list by license strategy, click the filter bar and then License strategies.

Export data on licensing status

  1. Follow the instructions above to view the data you want to export.
  2. To select all assets on a single page, check the "Select all" box at the top. To select all assets on all pages, check the "Select All" box at the top and then “Select all matching”.
    • Note: You can export a maximum of 2 million assets at a time.
  3. In the top banner, click Export and then Comma-separated values (.csv). The CSV file will begin processing.
    • Note: You can leave the page or perform other bulk actions while the file is processing.
  4. When the file is ready, click DOWNLOAD.

Understand why an asset can't be licensed

On the Assets  page, the Licensing column shows the licensing status of your assets. Hover over Ineligible  to find out why an asset can't be licensed:

Conflicting embedded Composition ownership in US Composition share can't be in conflict in the US.

Conflicting Sound Recording ownership in US

Sound Recording ownership can't be in conflict in the US.
Contract date not started yet Contract date has yet to begin.

Incompatible asset policy

The asset’s match policy can't contain block criteria for less than 30 seconds.

  • Note: If your asset’s match policy has a route to review rule, creators won't be notified of potential matches during upload and will have to manually apply a license.

Incompatible embedded Composition asset policy

The embedded composition share’s match policy cannot contain track criteria or block criteria for less than 30 seconds.

  • Note: This is only related to licensors of performing rights.
Not sufficient embedded Composition ownership in US Composition share must have full ownership in the US.
Not sufficient Sound Recording ownership in US Sound Recording must have full ownership in the US.

Sound recording release date is in the future

Release date for the sound recording can't be a future date.

The active references of the asset are inconsistent

Unable to verify that all the references are from the same sound recording.
The active references of the asset are not exclusive enough The reference file(s) contain exclusions.

The asset has no active reference

There must be at least one active reference in the asset.

The asset is undermerged

Another asset exists in YouTube’s database that matches this asset.

Other reasons

 

Review adjusted pricing

Some publishers set floor pricing on assets they own, representing the lowest price at which a track can be licensed. When a publisher sets a floor price, the label/distributor must meet the price set in Studio Content Manager.

If you used preset license strategies that don’t meet a publisher’s floor price, the strategy will automatically update in Creator Music to prevent loss of licensability.

To review pricing changes made by publishers:

  1. Sign in to Studio Content Manager.
  2. From the left menu, select License management   and open a strategy with adjusted pricing.
    • Find strategies or assets with adjusted pricing by scanning Adjusted pricing and Assets under adjusted pricing columns on the License management page. 
    • Adjusted license strategies titles follow the scheme: "Your license strategy title - publisher who set up floor pricing | floor pricing type"
  3. From the left menu, select Adjusted pricing
  4. Hover over the adjusted price to compare details. 
    • Adjusted prices are indicated by an asterisk *. 

You can also find pricing changes by selecting History from any license strategy.

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