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YouTube is crediting music creators in more than 500 million videos

17 May 2018

It will provide credits for the artist, songwriter, label and publisher on all music videos as well as fan-uploaded content that contains recorded music. YouTube has added credits to over half a billion videos with music now on the site. Credits can be accessed through the "Show More" button. The tech giant announced the development Wednesday and didn't waste any more time by immediately releasing the new tool, which provides credits and click-through info on music videos and fan-uploaded clips. The music is identified automatically by the technology behind YouTube's ContentID.

Why YouTube has waited so long to present this music discovery feature is anyone's guess (Shazam anyone), but here it is.

In a blog post, YouTube stated the act will "provide greater recognition and exposure to the people who contribute to the creative process [and] more opportunities for artists and songwriters to reach YouTube's diverse audience".

The data required for this feature comes from YouTube's Content ID, which has quietly become perhaps the largest single database of recording and publishing rights.

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"This move by YouTube is an important step forward to deliver that goal and one which Sony/ATV welcomes".

Labels, songwriters and producers will get their due on the platform.

"Despite how much and often they are used, online streaming platforms lack in providing creator credibility apart from only the artist, continuing the pattern of keeping the "back-of-house" creators in the shadows behind the artists" spotlight.

Robert Ashcroft, CEO of the performing rights society PRS, said, "Unlike with CDs, and LPs before that, songwriters are not generally credited for their work on digital services and platforms; I welcome the steps that YouTube is taking to right this wrong and look forward to supporting their efforts on behalf of all our members". "Music in this video" will be accessible by clicking "Show more" underneath a video.

YouTube is crediting music creators in more than 500 million videos