We are happy to announce the launch of our YouTube Sound Recording Collection Service. This service allows you to have your album’s songs delivered to YouTube which then searches their entire video library of billions of user uploaded videos and finds every video that exists that is using your songs. When YouTube finds a match, they then begin “monetizing” the views by displaying advertisements from their partners. YouTube will then send reports and payment to Catapult which we then report and pay to you.
Here is how it basically works:
- Catapult delivers your song(s) to YouTube for scanning and fingerprinting…
- A user uploads a video to YouTube and happens to use one of your songs…
- YouTube notifies Catapult that a video has been uploaded to their service that is using your song…
- Catapult’s system tells YouTube to begin displaying Ads on that video so that the views can be monetized…
- People watch the video and YouTube begins monetizing the views because Advertisers are paying them to display ads on that video…
- YouTube reports and makes payment to Catapult for these monetized views which are then reported and paid to you!
You can sign up for this service during the album submission process or via your album’s page in your Dashboard at Catapult. The cost is a one time $10 setup fee per album of songs submitted and Catapult will then pay you 85% of all revenue earned from YouTube for your songs being used in videos.
There are certain eligibility requirements in order for Catapult to submit your songs to YouTube.
Eligible Sound Recordings
You can utilize this service if your songs…
- Are your own material for which you have exclusive rights.
- Use third-party material for which you have exclusive rights.
Ineligible Sound Recordings
You CANNOT utilize this service if your songs meet any of the following restrictions…
- Contain public domain clips or speeches.
- Contain any audio library samples, sound effects, or production loops (ie: Garage Band Loops).
- Contain any third party content that you have not exclusively licensed.
- Karaoke versions or sound-a-like cover versions.
- Are part of a compilation.
- You have previously licensed to a third party on an exclusive basis.
- Are already monetized on YouTube by another distributor.