Respond to copyright takedowns

Navigate copyright takedowns and the tools available to resolve strikes.
  • Estimated time to complete: 25 Min
  • Level: “I'm new to copyright takedowns”
  • Date: November 5, 2019
  1. Copyright takedown overview

  2. Copyright takedowns overview

    We cover what the difference is between a Copyright takedown notice and a Content ID claim, how you can resolve a Copyright strike, and general things to keep in mind about Copyright on YouTube.
  3. Copyright strike basics

    How do I know if my video was removed by a copyright takedown

    When a copyright owner formally notifies us that you don’t have their permission to post their content on the site, we take down your upload to comply with copyright law. If your video was removed through a copyright takedown notice, a copyright strike has been applied to your account.


    How do I check if I have a copyright strike/get more information?

    1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
    2. From the left menu, select Videos.
    3. Click the Down arrow above "Copyright claim". You'll find this next to the respective video under the Monetization column, if available. Otherwise, you’ll find this option under the Visibility column.
    4. Click View copyright claim details.

    Looking for information on content ID claims? You can find more in our lesson on Content ID claims.


    Copyright Strike basics

    Deleting videos will not clear your strikes. Learn how to resolve copyright strikes.
    If you get a copyright strike on an active live stream, your live stream access may be disabled. Learn about live stream restrictions.
    If you get 3 copyright strikes, your YouTube channel is subject to termination.

    Evaluate strikes:

    If your video has been removed due to a takedown, 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.

    Heads up! Deleting a video that was removed due to a copyright takedown will not resolve the associated strike

    If you have sufficient rights (or believe the video qualifies as fair use), you may choose to contest a copyright takedown.

  4. Responding to copyright takedowns

    Heads up! If your video is removed through a copyright takedown notice, you’ll receive a copyright strike. If you receive three copyright strikes, your account is subject to termination.

    If your video was removed in error through a copyright takedown, you have the options to:

    Request a retraction from the claimant

    If you believe you received a copyright takedown in error, you can attempt to seek a retraction from the party who filed it.

    Submit a counter notification

    You also have the option of submitting a counter-notification, which is a legal request for YouTube to reinstate a video that has been removed for alleged copyright infringement.

    Wait for strike to expire on its own in 3 months (video not reinstated upon expiration), as long as you have completed Copyright School

    What can you do during a scheduled copyright takedown request?

    In some cases, a copyright owner can issue a delayed copyright takedown request. When this happens, you’ll have 7 days before the takedown request goes into effect and the targeted content is removed.


    During this 7-day period, there are a few different things you can do:

    Do nothing. You can wait for the takedown request to take effect in 7 days. At that point, the video will be removed and a copyright strike will be applied to your account.
    Delete your video. If you remove your video before 7 days are up, your video will be off the site, but your channel won't get a copyright strike.
    If the delayed takedown request was a result of your appeal of a Content ID claim, you can cancel your appeal within 7 days, which prevents the takedown and keeps the claim active on your video.
    After 7 days, when YouTube removes the video, your channel will receive a copyright strike. Deleting the video at that point will not resolve the strike. Strikes expire after 90 days, but your video won't be reinstated after the strike expires.
  5. Knowledge check

    What do you know about copyright takedowns?
  6. Counter notifications

    A counter notification is a legal request for YouTube to reinstate a video that has been removed for alleged copyright infringement.

  7. If your video is taken down for copyright, you will have the opportunity to file a counter notification.
  8. The process may only be pursued in instances where the upload was removed or disabled as a result of a mistake or misidentification of the material to be removed or disabled, including fair use.
  9. Heads up! A counter notification should not be pursued under any other circumstances. If your video doesn’t fit the criteria above, you may want to seek a retraction, or simply wait for your strike to expire.


    Counter notification must-knows

    Counter notifications must be submitted by the video’s original uploader or an agent authorized to act on their behalf, such as an attorney.
    To submit a counter notification, please use our webform. It is accessible via the Video Copyright Info page in YouTube Studio. 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.
    If your counter notification meets all legal requirements and has a clear explanation of how you have rights to the removed content, we'll forward it to the claimant, who has 10 business days to provide us with evidence that they have initiated a court action to keep the content down.
    If your account has been suspended for multiple copyright violations, the counter notification webform will be inaccessible. If appropriate, you may submit a free-form counter notification.
    When we forward the counter notice, it will include the full text of the counter notice, including any personal information you provide. The claimant may use this information to file a lawsuit against you in order to keep the content from being restored to YouTube.

    Monetization during the counter notification process

    If you file a counter notification within 5 days of receiving the takedown, revenue earned once the video is reinstated will continue to be held until the full claim process is resolved.
    If a Content ID claim on your video is released following a dispute and it earned revenue during that time, it may take a little while before you see that information in YouTube Analytics.
    Revenue calculations are made approximately 10 days after month end and YouTube Analytics data will be updated about 30 days after that.