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My video has been flagged by Facebook, Instagram, or TikTok

Our media library consists only music from the creative commons and licensed music from StoryBlocks, which have been pre-vetted by Google to ensure copyright-free status.

If you're curious to learn more about how and why these false positives happen, here's an example:

This is "Not As It Seems", a copyright-free track from Kevin MacLeod:

And here is "Better Repent", a copyrighted track from Sound Cloud:

You can hear in the above example that "Better Repent" uses a small part of "Not As It Seems" as a mashup for their intro, but beyond that nothing sounds the same.

If you're seeing the flag before posting, platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok should give you an option to "proceed" or "post anyway". This is because they acknowledge that they often get false positives on their automated copyright detection. Rest assured, you're safe to post the video! Auto-detection algorithms picks up on the similarities and asks you for confirmation on the copyright status of your post. This is why the false positives happen, and also why it's fully safe to proceed with posting it.

If you're seeing a flag or dispute after the video has already been posted, you can submit a counter claim! A link to this form is typically provided with the copyright flag, but you can also search for the appropriate form with: "[name of social media] copyright counter claim". When submitting the claim, look for the option that indicates that you have the copyright license for the music track in question- because you do! If asked for verification of this, you can link to our terms of service found here:

If for some reason the platform is not allowing you to post the video or force-muting the video, you can edit the video on Lumen5 and choose a different background music track as a last resort.

Updated on: 12/08/2022

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