Respond to Content ID claims

Navigate the content ID dispute process and tools available to resolve claims.
  • Estimated time to complete: 25 Min
  • Level: “I'm new to Content ID”
  • Date: November 5, 2019
    1. Content ID overview

      We cover the different steps you can take to resolve a Content ID claim, including some of our tools for removing claimed audio from your video.
    2. What happens to revenue during a dispute or appeal?

    3. Monetization during Content ID disputes is enabled when both the video creator and the Content ID claimant want to monetize the video. Throughout the dispute process, we'll hold the revenue separately and, once the dispute is resolved, we'll pay it out to the appropriate party.
    4. If for any reason you choose not to monetize your video while it is in dispute, you can disable monetization from the Video Manager section of your Creator Studio

    5. Monetization during disputes

      File a dispute within the first 5 days of the claim: In this scenario, we will continue to run ads and hold all revenue that the video earned while the claimant reviews your dispute.
      File a dispute after the first 5 days after a claim is made: We will hold revenue from the date the dispute is made.
      Do nothing, allow claim to exist on your video: After 5 days any held revenue will be released to the claimant. You can still dispute at any time.

      Monetization during appeals

      File an appeal within the first 5 days of the claim being upheld: In this scenario, we will continue to run ads and hold all revenue that the video earned while the claimant reviews your appeal.
      File an appeal after the first 5 days after the claim is upheld: We will hold revenue from the date the appeal is made.
      Do nothing, allow claim to exist on your video: After 5 days any held revenue will be released to the claimant.
    6. What can I do about a Content ID claim?

      What can I do about this claim?

      Do nothing. If you agree with the claim, you can just move on. You can always change your mind later if you disagree with the claim.
      Dispute the claim. If you have the required rights to use the copyright-protected content in your video, you can dispute the claim. Read more about disputes below!
      Remove the music. If you get a claim for a piece of music in your video, you can try to remove the song without having to edit and upload a new video. The video's URL, view count, and comments will stay the same. Learn more.
      Swap the music. If music in your video is claimed, but you still want to have music in the background, you can swap out the audio track with one of our free-to-use songs. You don't need to re-upload. The video's URL, view count, and comments will stay the same. Learn more.
      Trim out segment. You can cut out the beginning, middle, or end part of your video that has been claimed. You don't need to re-upload. The video's URL, view count, and comments will stay the same. Learn more.
      Share revenue. If you’re a member of our YouTube Partner Program, and your video has been claimed and monetized for a musical composition, you may be able to share revenue with the music publisher owner(s). Learn more.

      Head’s up! During the dispute and appeals process, you won’t have the option to edit your video by removing the music, swapping the music or trimming the video.


      What to know before you dispute

      • Make sure you understand how fair use and the public domain work before you choose to dispute for either of those reasons.
      • YouTube can’t help you determine whether you should dispute a claim. You may want to seek your own legal advice if you’re not sure what to do.
      • Head’s up! Repeated or malicious abuse of the dispute process can result in penalties against your video or channel.

      How to dispute a Content ID claim

      1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
      2. From the left menu, select Videos.
      3. Click on Copyright claim next to the respective video under the Monetization column if available. Otherwise, you’ll see this option under the Visibility column.
      4. Click on View Copyright claim details.
      5. This will take you to the Video Copyright Info page that provides information such as what’s been claimed in your video and who claimed it.
      6. Click Dispute under SELECT ACTION.

      Head’s up! If you dispute a claim without a valid reason, the copyright owner may choose to take down your video. If this happens, your account will get a copyright strike.

    7. What is a Content ID claim?

      What does a content ID claim mean?

      • Unlike takedowns, which are defined by law, Content ID is a YouTube system that is made possible by deals made between YouTube and content partners who have uploaded material they own to our database.

      • In most cases, the claim is just to track or monetize the video, not to block it. So, your video remains live with those claims (but may have ads on it) and you can still share it with others. Most Content ID claims appear upon upload, but note that they can come at any time if you use any copyrighted material in your videos.

      How do I know if I have a content ID claim on my video(s)?

      To check if you have any Content ID claims on your videos, go to your Videos page in YouTube Studio. If your video or account is affected, we may also email you when you get a Content ID claim.

      • Within YouTube Studio, you can find information about Content ID claims on your videos. You’ll see an at-a-glance summary of the impact of claims on a video, including any channel impact and territorial restrictions and more details about the specific content claimed in the video.
      • If you are looking for information on copyright takedowns, you can find more in our lesson on copyright takedowns.

      Evaluate claims

      • If your video has been claimed through Content ID, before deciding what to do next, it's a good idea to consider whether you created or licensed all of the material in the video. If you have sufficient rights (or believe the video qualifies as fair use,) you may choose to contest a Content ID claim.
      • Because Content ID is enabled by partnerships, claims are not accompanied by copyright strikes, and can not result in suspension or termination of your channel. However, if you believe you have the rights to the content in the video or a claim was made in error, you can dispute the claim.

      We'll cover more on what you can do about Content ID claims, including disputes, in the next lesson.

    8. Content ID overview

    9. What happens after I dispute?

      • If the policy is set to block (don't allow users to view the video on YouTube) or track (allow users to view the video without advertisements), this policy may be temporarily lifted until your dispute is resolved.
      • If you’ve already disputed a Content ID claim and feel it was mistakenly upheld by the copyright owner, you can then appeal their decision.

      After a dispute is filed, a copyright owner can

      After you submit your dispute, the copyright owner has 30 days to respond.There are a few things that the copyright owner can do:

      Release the claim: If they agree with your dispute, they can choose to release their claim. As long as there are no other claims on your video, we will release the revenue earned during the dispute to you.
      Uphold the claim: If they believe their claim is still valid, they can uphold it. If you feel it was mistakenly upheld, you may be able to appeal their decision.
      Submit a copyright takedown request: If they believe their claim is still valid, they can submit a copyright takedown request to remove your video from YouTube, which means you’ll get a copyright strike on your account.
      Delayed takedown request: If the claimant issues a delayed copyright takedown request, you can cancel your appeal within 7 days, which prevents the takedown and keeps the claim active on your video.
      Do nothing: If they don’t respond within 30 days, their claim on your video will be released, and you don’t need to do anything.

      After an appeal is filed, a copyright owner can

      After you submit your appeal, the copyright owner has 30 days to respond.There are a few things that the copyright owner can do:

      Release the claim: If they agree with your appeal, they can choose to release their claim. As long as there are no other claims on your video, we will release the revenue earned during the dispute to you.
      Submit a copyright takedown request: If they believe their claim is still valid, they can submit a copyright takedown request to remove your video from YouTube, which means you’ll get a copyright strike on your account.
      Delayed takedown request: If the claimant issues a delayed copyright takedown request, you can cancel your appeal within 7 days, which prevents the takedown and keeps the claim active on your video.
      Do nothing: If they don’t respond within 30 days, their claim on your video will be released, and you don’t need to do anything.
    10. Knowledge check

      What do you know about Content ID claims?