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.