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How It All Began

I was recently trying to embed one of my LinkedIn Lives into a LinkedIn article. I’ve done this many times before. It’s actually easy peasy.

Since I co-stream to both LinkedIn and YouTube, my replays reside on both platforms. To embed a video into a LinkedIn article, I usually just paste the YouTube URL right into the article.

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But, this time it didn’t work. Instead of an embedded video, I kept getting an error message.

Hmm. Something was not quite right.

Copyright Jail

I hopped on over to my YouTube channel to see what the problem was. Much to my horror, I discovered one of my LinkedIn Lives had been hit with a YouTube copyright claim.

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The LinkedIn Live replay had been flagged by YouTube for a copyright violation.

What was my crime? I had played a TikTok video (with a Mariah Carey music track) during the LinkedIn Live.

YouTube gave me a few different options:

❌ Delete the LinkedIn Live from YouTube

❌ Delete the copyrighted music track

❌ Dispute the copyright claim

I decided the best option was to simply allow YouTube to delete the copyrighted music. I figured I could live with 30 seconds of silence in the middle of my LinkedIn Live replay.

YouTube informed me that it might take a few hours to get the job done. Phew! I felt relieved.

Wait There’s More

I then noticed that another one of my other LinkedIn Live replays had a YouTube copyright claim.

Oh brother! Now what?

It turned out that there was a copyright claim against the music track in my LinkedIn Live countdown timer. This video is the 10 second intro that I play at the beginning of my LinkedIn Lives.

Unlike the TikTok video, I knew this video contained Royalty Free music.

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I custom-designed the video myself using the pro version of Wave. My subscription gives me access to a large library of premium music clips to be used in any of my videos.

So why on earth would YouTube have an issue with the music track used in my countdown timer?

I did a little research. After all, I am the Google Goddess.

I discovered that YouTube is really clamping down on copyright violations. As such, if you use music in your videos, it’s your responsibility to prove you have the required permission.

With YouTube, it’s like you’re guilty until proven innocent.

What in the World is Whitelisting?

I scoured through Wave’s Help Topics and discovered the first step to clear the copyright claim was to Whitelist my YouTube channel. This simply requires connecting my Wave account to my YouTube channel.

If that didn’t eliminate the copyright complaint, the next step was to file a copyright dispute. Unfortunately, that didn’t solve the problem, so I was forced to file. 🙁

Thank goodness, the folks at Wave have a clearly written article (hurray for good technical writers) that walked me through the entire process of filing a formal dispute.

Gillian emoji showing youtube whitelist

It took a few days to resolve, but eventually the copyright flag was removed. I’m hoping I won’t get dinged on my next LinkedIn Live when I play my countdown timer video.

We shall see.

But, What About Canva?

So after this all happened, I started thinking. Why did another video I played during a LinkedIn Live (which included a music track from Canva) NOT get flagged?

Back to Google I went to do even more research.

It turns out that if you use any of Canva’s FREE music tracks you’ll be fine uploading your video to YouTube.

BUT… if you use any premium music tracks, it’s a whole other story.


Knowing that I have Canva Pro account, I realized I’d probably used one of Canva’s premium music tracks. After all, that’s one of the perks of being a Canva Pro user.

music list in canva

After checking my file in Canva, it turned out the track of music I used in my Holiday Themed LinkedIn Cover Story video was a premium track.


Okay, so then why didn’t that video get flagged?

Well it turns out, that if your Canva Pro account is already connected to your YouTube channel, it circumvents any copyright issues.

If that all sounds confusing, just know it means that when your Canva Pro account is connected to YouTube… their back-end computers work together to sort out any copyright issues.

The only time you will run into trouble is if you use Canva to make videos for other people. Apparently, Canva only allows your account to be connected to ONE YouTube channel at a time. Who knew?

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Bottom line is that adding music to your videos can be very very tricky. So the more you can educate yourself in advance on the legalities… the better.

You also need to know that even though you might have the right to use a music track in your videos, you should be prepared to defend yourself.

There’s Got to Be a Better Way!

My suggestion is that if you want to use music in your social media videos, especially if you repurpose your content on YouTube, then use music that is COPYRIGHT FREE.

If you’re looking for music that fits that bill, I highly suggest you check out Jim Woolfe’s website: Five Notes Media

On the website, Jim has a library of free music clips you can use in your social media videos. These short music tracks can be downloaded and used as part of the Creative Commons license.

jim woolfe linkedin profile

To learn more about Jim Woolfe check out his LinkedIn profile and/or check out the LinkedIn Live replay below.

During this 30 minute chat, Jim and I talked about the dangers of using copyrighted music. Little did I know that a few weeks later, I’d be in YouTube jail myself. 😳

Luckily, I have now been found innocent by YouTube and exonerated from all the copyright claims lodged against me.

gillian whitney
Hi, I’m Gillian Whitney, a LinkedIn Live Stream Strategist & Coach making live video easy peasy. Working with B2B professionals from around the world, to leverage LinkedIn Live to be discovered, noticed, and recognized on LinkedIn®