To prevent unscrupulous people from abusing the system, YouTube will deprive users of manual claims if they repeatedly fail to provide accurate manual timestamps. YouTube scans video uploads from a database of files so that Content ID technology can find visual and audible matches. Any copyright infringement discovered during this process will result in automated claims to content IDs. A "manual claim" YouTube calls complaints where the copyright owners themselves report the unauthorized use of their property.
The recipient of a manual claim sees the timestamp given by the report partner, which makes it much easier to figure out which part of the video to edit. If you want to change your video instead of claiming it, you can use YouTube's updated editing tools to fix it. Creators can now easily mute all sounds for the time-stamped segment, or replace the music with one of the freely usable songs on the platform from the audio library, the best course of action. According to YouTube, the editing tools are further enhanced, and the creators can crop the claimed segments with just one click. "Our work will not stop there, we're always looking for ways to improve copyright while balancing copyright owners' rights," wrote Julian Bill, product manager of YouTube. The changes that YouTube has already made make dealing with copyright claims less painful, but we hope the other features it introduces can help make the experience even better.