Country Restriction 8

Cabaret Voltaire song blocked in 208 countries.

Country Restriction 3

Example of a specific permission.

Country Restriction 6

Depeche Mode song with restrictions.

Country Restriction 7

Since Youtube now pays GEMA for every view that uses GEMA protected songs. Many GEMA protected songs become Viewable Worldwide.

Country Restriction 5

A song with unrestricted playback.

Country Restriction 4

There exists 196 countries in the world however Youtube's content ID recognizes 249 countries. Viewable in Canada, United States, etc.

Country Restriction 9

Unrestricted Cabaret Voltaire Song

Country Restriction 10

Another song blocked in 172 countries.

Country Restriction 11

Was blocked in 244 Countries, Now Viewable worldwide.

Country Restriction 12

Another Depeche Mode song Viewable Worldwide

Country Restriction 13

Famous Troll Song

Country Restriction 14

It's important to take note on what's at the bottom. This song used to be totally blocked.

Country Restriction 15

Obscure song hardly anyone has heard of.

Country Restriction 16

Some error caused in the text. Meant to say 7" Version.

Country Restriction 17

Allowed in every country except for France and it's french territories.

Music Policies is powerful database on YouTube that gives out information on what happens to a YouTube videos if it uses a certain copyrighted song. The database was implemented on December 8, 2014 and has been considered helpful for those wanting to use copyrighted music as they don't have to upload a video containing a copyrighted song just to see the caused effect.

Type's of Playback restrictions

There exists different types of restrictions

Viewable Worldwide

If the playback say's "Viewable Worldwide". That means any videos receiving the claim will be available around the world however the video won't be monetizable. A Matched Third Party content notification will be shown next to the video on video manager. Most cover songs of artists are Viewable Worldwide. Most common in obscure artists though artists who had restricted songs may have all songs Viewable worldwide. ex. Michael Jackson, The Verve, The Clash, etc.

Blocked in one country

If the playback say's "Viewable everywhere except (One Country)". The video is blocked in that one country and that one country cannot view the video. A well known example is "Viewable everywhere except Germany" which is the result in which you use a song by a GEMA protected artists prior to October 31, 2016. Love Will Tear Us Apart by Joy Division is mostly viewable worldwide but at one time was viewable everywhere except Australia. Love is meant to last forever by John Norum is Viewable everywhere except Sweden even if you perform a cover. Same instance for a song by Usher and Alicia Keys with it being Viewable everywhere except the United States.

Blocked in a few countries

Happens when the song you're using will get your video blocked in 2 - 50 countries. The playback will say "Viewable everywhere except for (2 - 50) countries". Most older songs would be blocked in Germany and Switzerland for GEMA protected artists during most of 2016.

Blocked in a lot of countries

Happens when the song you're using will get your video blocked in 51 - 249 countries. The playback will say "Blocked in (50 - 249) Countries. Depending on computer size, The top of the countries list may not be able to be seen if the song your using will get your video blocked in more than 170 countries. Though uncommon. Obscure artists such as Cabaret Voltaire and Fad Gadget are known for having these restrictions on most of their songs.

When is song says it's blocked on 249 countries. It cannot be used but I may be allowed to be covered. Examples are some songs by Jimi Hendrix and Bill Withers.

Totally Blocked

Usage of the song will result in your video getting muted (but viewable worldwide) or blocked entirely. The message would say "This song is not available for use in your YouTube videos. If you use this song, your video may be blocked of muted. Learn More". Examples Include Scatman John which the singles from his first album is blocked entirely due to some Scandinavian Neighbor Rivalry along with it's non singles blocked in 248 countries. The Ramones and a-ha with half songs Viewable worldwide and not available for use as being part of Warner Bros which although are not GEMA protected. And some artists belonging to Sony record labels. One Direction (Columbia Records), Michael Jackson (Epic Records), and Justin Timberlake (RCA Records). Universal Music Group also has artists with such restrictions examples being The Weeknd (Republic), Bryan Adams (A&M), The Verve (Hut), etc. Merlin is also known for blocking videos using songs from artists such as Ace of Base, Radiohead, etc. While others are part of many different record labels. ex. David Guetta, Martin Garrix, etc. Others artists may have only one a few songs blocked. Example being Suicide, Elton John, etc. Keep in mind that songs that cannot be used may be allowed to be used again which is the case for Ed Sheeran's "Castle on the Hill". Any artist can have such restrictions; Including rather obscure artists such as Purity Ring.


Some songs are not listed on music policies. While most of them would have a playback of being Viewable worldwide and would even allow you to monetize off of the video. Prince is hardly listed on the music policies yet anyone using his songs would get copyright strikes. The Beatles also had many of their songs unlisted. Happens to any artist. ex. Depeche Mode, Calvin Harris,etc.

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