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According to new YouTube policies and explosion of YouTube "claims", it will be extremely unlikely to have uncredited actual copyrighted songs as soundtrack of YouTube videos. Indeed, if a YouTube creator uses a copyrighted song for a video soundtrack, all incomes are lost.

When someone asks to identify a song which is soundtrack of a video from a YouTuber, two cases can most likely occur:

  • YouTuber uses a song from YouTube Audio Library. So unless someone volunteers to listen to thousands of songs to find the good one, I suggest to close the question and suggest OP, in the comments, to go to YouTube Audio Library website.

  • YouTuber uses a copyrighted song (and accepts to lose all potential incomes) and the song is credited in the comments. Close the question for lack of research and suggest OP to check the credits of the video.

I don't see any reason to keep these questions open.

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    It sounds like someone needs to talk to SoundHound et al and get them to add the YouTube audio library files to their library of known/identifiable songs. – Donald.McLean Feb 18 '19 at 21:16
  • @Donald.McLean, I think Library music is not supposed to be identifiable. I don't understand why people are obsessed about identifying it... – Bebs Feb 19 '19 at 9:58
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    Perhaps so, but there's no telling what songs will speak to people at a deep, personal level - even if they are "throw away" library instrumentals. – Donald.McLean Feb 19 '19 at 11:45
  • @Donald.McLean, please, you mods need to do something about it, things are getting out of hand. There are too many questions everyday about ID youtube soundtracks. – Bebs Jul 30 '19 at 9:40
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Youtube is working on a system called Content ID to help copyright owners.

Videos uploaded to YouTube are scanned against a database of files that have been submitted to us by content owners.

Content owners will now be able to track down their property and act according to their will (block or mute the video, monetize, ...) so that will more and more unlikely for "professional" YouTubers to enclose copyrighted audio to their soundtrack. But even if they still do and copyright owners allow the audio content, the credits will appear in the video description.

YouTubers will more and more use free or un-copyrighted content and they will be invited to use YouTube's own Audio Library.

It will be almost impossible to identify unidentified soundtrack on a video from a YouTuber.

So I suggest we close these questions.

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    As examples of questions that ought to be closed, do you perhaps have in mind the recent slew of questions on the music of Jincheng Zhang? – Brahadeesh Mar 1 '19 at 12:23
  • @Brahadeesh, yeah, this one amongst others. – Bebs Mar 1 '19 at 12:26
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    +1 I support the suggestion to close such questions. – Brahadeesh Mar 1 '19 at 12:31
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    We recently got another question asking to identify the music of Jincheng Zhang, and I've voted to close it as off-topic based on this answer. I've also voted to close the other questions asking to identify works of Jincheng Zhang. – Brahadeesh Mar 31 '19 at 8:26
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    I'm actually on the fence about this. While the argument makes sense, it doesn't necessarily seem to me to rise to the level of requiring a policy. But since it seems to be causing issues, I'll vote for it – Chris Sunami Sep 12 '19 at 17:02
  • As you wish @ChrisSunami, but I predict that we will be invaded by YouTube soundtrack ID questions, especially now that video producers will use library music that are almost-soundalikes of famous songs. Almost every question is about YouTube soundtrack now. – Bebs Sep 13 '19 at 7:01
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    @Bebs - that's a bit of an exaggeration, but I've voted for your proposal. – Chris Sunami Sep 13 '19 at 13:58

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