Do I have to control the rights on the recording ("Master rights") to monetize songs on YouTube? JTV Digital May 28, 2014 10:26 Updated Follow Yes, this is mandatory. You must own the Master rights in order to be allowed to monetize a recording on YouTube. Related articles When does an ad generate revenue on YouTube? Does my song need to have been released commercially on iTunes or other platforms? Do I have to control the rights on the lyrics and melody ("Composition") for monetizing a song on YouTube? Minimum duration accepted by YouTube Audio Content ID How do I take down my music from stores? Comments 0 comments Please sign in to leave a comment.