Deactivate references

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

In certain situations, you may want suspend Content ID matching for a particular asset, temporarily or permanently. When you deactivate a reference, Content ID no longer matches or claims user-generated videos for the asset. You can choose whether to release existing claims made using the reference.

Deleting the video from which the reference was created also deactivates the reference in most cases. You can also deactivate a reference by releasing your claim on the partner-uploaded video.

Deactivating a reference suspends Content ID matching for the entire reference. If you want to exclude matching for certain segments of the reference, such as segments that include third-party material, you can exclude those segments from your reference file rather than deactivating the reference.

To deactivate a reference:

  1. From your list of Assets, choose the asset whose reference(s) you want to deactivate.

  2. Select the References tab.

  3. If the asset has multiple references, choose the reference to deactivate from the list of references.

  4. Click the Deactivate reference button.

  5. To release existing claims made based on this reference, leave the Release all claims check box selected.

    To retain existing claims but not make new claims, deselect the Release all claims check box.

  6. Click Deactivate.

When you’re ready to reactivate the reference, repeat the first three steps above and click Reactivate reference.


To deactivate references for multiple assets at once:

  1. From your list of Assets, select the assets whose references you want to deactivate.

    Click the check box next to the names of the assets. You can use filters or search to refine the list of videos.

  2. From the Actions drop-down list, choose Deactivate Reference.

  3. Choose whether to Deactivate References or Deactivate References and release all claims.

  4. Click Submit.

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