Copyright Match Tool
The Copyright Match Tool automatically finds videos that are the same or very similar to your own on YouTube. When you upload your original video to YouTube, we’ll begin scanning all the videos that are uploaded after yours to see if any of them match.
In this video, we’ll show you the copyright matches tab, our newest rights management tool.
It automatically finds videos that are the same or very similar to your own on YouTube. We show you the matches, and you have the power to decide what to do with them. YouTube wouldn't be what it is without creators like you, so we want to make sure we're helping you protect the videos and brand you work so hard to create. With this new way to manage your rights, you can spend more of your time on what really matters: creating excellent videos, and growing your audience.
Here's how it works. Start by uploading your original video to YouTube. We use the earliest upload date as a way to know which user to show matches to. YouTube then scans all the videos that are uploaded after yours to see if any of them are the same or very similar. We'll notify you in your matches tab when we find a close match. From there, you can choose to archive the match, get in touch with the other uploader, or request that YouTube remove the video.
Before you ask us to remove a video on the basis of copyright, make sure to check if it might be protected by fair use or fair dealing. You can learn more about those and other copyright topics in the help center. Once you've submitted your request, YouTube will review it to make sure it has all the details we need. If we need more info, like your full name to act as a signature, or more details about your video, we'll indicate it in your Removal Requests tab, and also send you an email.
Even if you don't mind having matched videos on YouTube, there are plenty of other uses for the matches that will be surfaced to you. To help you make your decision, we'll show you some information about the matches, like view count of the video and subscriber count of the channel. Maybe you want to reach out to the person who reuploaded your video. Or maybe you just want to keep an eye on which uses of your content are most popular by tracking which of your videos get picked up by others. These options are built right into the tool, along with the removal request option.
Now that you know what you can do with it, you should be ready to get started with the Copyright Match Tool. Feel free to check it out when you're ready to start looking at your matches. If you're ever feeling stuck, you can get help at the top of the page.