What do I do when others claim the rights to my music on YouTube?

We cannot offer guidance or make rulings in rights disputes pertaining to content posted on YouTube. If you find that others are claiming the rights to your music, contact YouTube and use their options for lodging complaints.

How do I take down my music from YouTube?

If you find your music is being used on YouTube and you want it removed, contact YouTube.

How much will I get for having my music used on YouTube?

The actual amount received for a music video posted on YouTube depends on the number of streams and on the advertising revenue generated by the video in question. Please note that advertising revenues for a music video may vary widely, as a video may have different quantities and kinds of advertisements attached to it.

Why is the number of streams set at 1?

If you receive distributions from YouTube, your distribution details from NCB will set the number of streams at a fictitious ‘1’. This means that the actual number of streams is not shown and cannot, unfortunately, be disclosed. You can find these documents on My Koda under ‘Search your NCB distribution’.

How large is Koda’s share in the revenues generated by YouTube?

The YouTube distribution is calculated on the basis of the advertising revenues generated by the ads associated with each video. We receive a percentage of this turnover based on our agreement with Google: exact distributions are triggered by applying that rate to the number of streams.

The exact size of Koda’s share is a confidential aspect of our business agreement with YouTube. In order to help us achieve the best possible agreement, we have chosen to accept YouTube’s demands for confidentiality.

How is music usage recorded and reported on YouTube?

YouTube automatically recognises most recorded music released by record companies. For music not published by music companies, YouTube depends on the metadata uploaded with the video by your aggregator. This metadata includes the correct title of the work and the names of all composers and lyricists involved. YouTube records the use of the music and reports regularly to Koda; this reporting forms the basis for Koda’s distributions.

Does the agreement for Koda members cover all of YouTube, or just YouTube in Denmark?

Koda’s agreement with YouTube only applies to distributions for the Danish part of YouTube, including Greenland and the Faroe Islands. For use in other countries, Koda’s members are represented by the local collecting societies.