YouTube does our copyright “checks” before we get into trouble

Copyright is a problem that YouTube creators have had to deal with for ages, and in many cases they can land them in hot water by mistake. Now, YouTube is developing the possibility for creators to see if their video will have copyright issues at the time of upload with a new “Check” step during upload.

Generally speaking, if a YouTube video is facing copyright issues, creators won’t know it until it’s fully uploaded and, in some cases, published. This can easily drop a creator into hot water with attacks on their channel that lead to various restrictions and consequences.

Now, YouTube is adding a step to the upload process called simply “Checks” that analyzes a video before it is published so that a creator can easily see if they will have problems. In theory, this should make it much easier for creators to know what they will be dealing with before the video is released. However, YouTube notes that this will not affect claims made manually in the future, only those that would be captured with the platform’s automated systems.

You can use the checks page to project your video copyright claims and if you are al YouTube Partner Program, advertising suitability. Checking copyright allows you to challenge a claim or edit and resolve your video if problems are detected. Checking the suitability of your ads allows you to do this requests human review if you believe our systems have made a mistake. These controls will help you know potential restrictions so you can resolve them before you post them.

A posting on social media makes the rounds with the mention of the feature, but our Damien Wilde first noticed the change to the officer 9to5Google The YouTube channel last week, as shown below. Google he says that the feature is officially being rolled out starting this week. Most creators should see the change over the next day or two if they don’t see it yet.

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