Counter notifications

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

  • If your video is taken down for copyright, you will have the opportunity to file a counter notification.
  • 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.
  • 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.