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Manual claiming

The features described in this article are available only to partners who use YouTube's Content ID matching system.

The Manual claiming tool enables you to search through publicly available YouTube videos, looking for videos that include your content. You can claim the content and apply a policy to it.

Manual claiming is only available to partners who have demonstrated an advanced working knowledge of Content ID. Anyone using the tool should be properly trained and understand best practices for using it. Improperly claiming content that you don't own can result in penalties including legal liability and termination of partnership.

To search for videos that match your assets:

  1. Go to the Manual claiming page.

  2. Enter search criteria in the search box in the upper right.

    You can enter keywords in the search box, which YouTube will try to match to video titles, descriptions, tags and other metadata. Entering @username or @channel ID will surface videos from a specific uploader. You can also click the down-arrow button next to the search box to apply filters based on other criteria, such as the length of the video, its claim status, or upload date.

  3. Click the magnifying glass icon to perform the search.

    Videos matching your search criteria appear in the results list. Videos that have an active claim on them show the name of the claiming asset at the right end of the row.

  4. Choose how to sort the search results.

    The Sort drop-down lets you specify whether to sort the results based on Relevance, Date uploaded, Lifetime views, or Rating.

  5. Click the Play button that appears when you hover the cursor over the video thumbnail.

    You want to watch the video to confirm whether it includes content that you own. Next to the video you'll see four tabs: Claim, Takedown, Uploads, and Related videos.

  6. To claim a video that includes your content:

    1. Click the Claim tab.
    2. Click the magnifying glass next to the Asset search box.
    3. Click the row (not the title) for the asset that the video matches.
    4. In the Claim Type box, specify whether the video matches the Audio, Video, or Audio visual content of your asset.
    5. Choose the policy to apply to the video from the Policy drop-down list.
    6. Click Claim.
    Certain content licensed to YouTube is not available for third-party claims. In such cases you see the message This video is not eligible for additional claims. You may still issue a takedown.
  7. To issue a takedown against a video that includes your content:

    1. Click the Takedown tab.
    2. Click the magnifying glass next to the Work allegedly infringed search box.
    3. Click the row (not the title) for the asset that the video matches.
    4. Enter your name in the Signature box.
    5. Click the check box to acknowledge the legal statement.
    6. Click Takedown.
  8. To search for other videos from the user who uploaded the current video, click the Uploads tab.

  9. To review the recommended videos that YouTube displays on the YouTube watch page for the current video, click the Related videos tab.

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