YouTube Content ID

What exactly is Content ID? How does it help you get paid for your music on YouTube? How does Stem work with Content ID? Here are frequently-asked questions we’ve received about YouTube Content ID. 

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How Long Does It Take for YouTube Uploads to Post to My Channel?

Stem does not support video uploads through our system. Instead, we deliver Art Tracks to your channel and send audio-only assets to Content ID, which both deliver the moment you click "Submit." Art Tracks release publicly, whereas audio assets live privately in the ContentID database. Users handle traditional YouTube uploads (such as music videos) themselves.

Do Stem and YouTube ContentID Collect Money Generated by the Views on My Own Videos?

Yes! With YouTube ContentID, you can choose to monetize or block any video that contains your original music, regardless of channel. Stem lets you decide whether to activate this service when you upload audio assets to our system. ContentID then uses those assets to detect infringement. Additionally, Stem collects earnings from views/streams on Art Tracks that you set up via our platform.

Does Stem Help Me Collect YouTube Revenue?

We sure do! It's easy to collect YouTube revenue when you use Stem. We work with YouTube's ContentID system to let you monetize or block videos. ContentID knows when a visual contains the audio assets you uploaded to our platform.

For instance, if you share a music video to your channel that contains the sound recording and/or composition you provided Stem, we help you make money from that video. Each month, we collect those earnings and send them back to you. It's that easy.

If someone else uploads a video that features your sound recording and/or composition, we detect the infringement and let you decide whether to block that content or monetize it. 

Do I Still Have to Upload to My YouTube Channel Directly?

Yes, users must upload directly to their YouTube Channel(s). Stem distributes audio uploads to YouTube Art Tracks if users select that option, but we do not support visual uploads. The same applies to YouTube's ContentID system. If approved, Stem will solely use your audio assets (sound recording and composition) to monetize or block YouTube videos that contain those elements.