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  Matched 3rd Party Content Cures...

VERY VERY  IMPORTANT --> If you have a “third party content match” on a You Tube video containing my music, it's vital that you read the whole of this page as the answers you need are right here.

If your video has been flagged on YouTube by a 3rd party claiming rights to my royalty free music, then the claim is not valid.  The Rickvanman royalty free music you are using is perfectly legitimate for you to to use, and nobody has a right to make a claim against it.  

NONE of my royalty free music from this site has ever been registered onto any auto-detection system by me or any of my associates.

Here’s what has happened:

Some of my tracks contain non-excusive stock music loops that have been cleared for commercial use. This means other artists can also use the same loops in their own music creations.

Unfortunately some of those artists will then go on to sell their music and register (synchronise) their music tracks (that contain the same non-excusive stock music loops) onto a 3rd party match fingerprinting system.

Artists are not allowed to register any music containing non-excusive stock music loops onto the 3rd party match fingerprinting system because it causes other peoples work (like mine) to get 3rd party flags, but unfortunately many artists do not understand this, or just ignore the rules and still go ahead, registering their music.  

  In 99% of all 3rd party match cases, some other artist will have (wrongly) registered a piece of music that contains within it a non-exclusive stock music loop that may have also been used within the construction of my own music. The detection software will pick up on that loop and flag it as a 3rd party match.

The matched music loop will be audible on both music tracks, but the full music track will not be the same.

What to do...

VERY IMPORTANT CHECK --> Make certain the music being claimed is definitely my music from this website.  If the claim is against someone else's music, you will need to check your license agreement with them to make sure you are entitled to dispute the claim.

If the music is definitely mine, then you are entitled to dispute the claim made against your video through the You Tube dispute process. You need to inform YouTube that the music has been incorrectly identified, and that you are fully licensed to use this music according to the terms of the royalty free licence agreement with

PLEASE NOTE --> Matched 3rd party claims are NOT triggered by incorrect accreditation of the music.

Assuming that the matched music track is not identical to the music track you are using (if it is, then someone is likely redistributing my music illegally - please do let me know about that), then to dispute the claim, you could use a statement similar to this one:

"The claimed audio has been misidentified because it contains a non-exclusive stock audio loop that is common to both recordings.   

The music used in this video is NOT [name of music track matched by claiming entity] as claimed, but is a royalty free track called [name of my music track] by Rick Clarke and available from

This Royalty free music track comes with a royalty free license that includes use in commercial and revenue generating videos."

Obviously you will need to change the [bracketed] segments to text appropriate to your claim.

After A Dispute has been filed…

Once the dispute has been filed with You Tube, the claim might be removed straight away, or it may take several days or more before the claim is evaluated and settled, at which point the entity claiming ownership will either completely remove their claim, or will maintain their claim.

Fortunately, YouTube now have a system in place that allows the video to continue earning revenue whilst the dispute is progressing. The earned revenue is held in a pot and awarded to the rightful owner once the dispute is settled.   

Thankfully, pretty much all claims are successfully dealt with by following these steps.

I do appreciate just how frustrating and annoying this can be as I experience it myself continuously whenever I use somebody else's royalty free music. Sadly, it is often other artist’s ignorance of the synchronisation rules that are causing these headaches for everyone.

“An entity is claiming they own your music on one of my videos!”

If you are looking to use my royalty free music on monetized videos on YouTube, it is possible that some of my tracks may trigger a 3rd party content claim.  I do appreciate this can be most annoying, especially considering that  I have never registered my music on any 3rd party fingerprinting systems and that I have no control over these claims.


You are, of course, fully within your rights to contest any of these claims through the YouTube dispute process in place.

The information below should provide you with everything you need…