The 2023 claiming window for YouTube accrued royalties began on February 1, covering royalties accrued during 2021. YouTube undergoes an annual process of clearing royalties from previous earning periods, and this year, 2023, is no exception.
The claiming window will close on April 30, giving rights holders a limited time to claim their accrued royalties. Muserk’s A.I. matching technology M-MATCH was initially deployed to handle the challenge posed by the inherent sparseness of the accrued royalty data and its large volume. Over the past year, it has become just one feature of our new end-to-end rights management and monetization platform, Blue Matter.
Lastly, as a reminder, due to the vast array of content formats available across all of YouTube’s products, only a portion of its music usage falls under section 115 compulsory licensing handled by the MLC. Therefore, the remaining unmatched royalties will be claimed and distributed through the YouTube Accrued Royalties Program.