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.