Music claiming in gameplay videos

SON OF A…why did this get claimed?! I so had the right to upload this gameplay!
– lots of gamers
W
e hear this a lot, especially from gamers who upload videos touching a variety of games. You may think you have full permission to upload gameplay videos of a certain title, but surprise – the music was just claimed. What gives?
Licensing. That’s what.
I personally ran into this issue with Rocket League a while back. Before uploading any gameplay videos, I did a bit of research to see if Psyonix allowed creators to upload and monetize gameplay. All seemed fine until the video finished processing. I was hit with a claim on the music that plays during the intro screen.
Confused, I emailed Psyonix for an explanation. It turns that that their music, which they license from various artists, isn’t monetizable. While I’m granted the ability to upload and monetize gameplay, I cannot include the in-game music – leaving me with three options.

What are your options?

Option 1: Accept the claims

If the in-game music is crucial to the success of the video, you can choose to deal with the claims. You won’t be able to generate revenue from these videos, but they’ll be able to remain on YouTube.
*NOTE: This does not apply to copyright strikes! If you receive a strike on one of your videos, we do not recommend uploading any additional content from the rights holder without written permission.

Option 2: Mute the music

If you’re worried about claims, and prefer to generate revenue, simply turn off the music in the game! Sure, it won’t be as exciting, but may save you a bit of hassle in the long run.

Option 3: Add your own music

If you just have to have music playing in the background, consider adding in your own – but make sure it’s monetizable. The best way to go about this is to use royalty-free music with appropriate licenses. For those in the Fullscreen Creator Network, Epidemic Sound provides 100% copyright-free music for you to use in your videos.

Permission, permission, permission

This is the key to avoiding copyright issues. If you’re not 100% certain that you can upload and monetize videos for a specific game, seek permission. It may be on the developer’s website, in their FAQs, or sometimes, no where to be found. If you’re unable to find an answer, it may be best to shoot them a tweet or email, asking for an official statement – and don’t forget to ask about in-game music, as well!