Copyright tips

In many countries/regions, when an individual creates an original work, they automatically own the copyright to the work when it’s created. Copyright isn’t decided by YouTube, it’s decided by law. It gives the creator of an original work some legal rights in deciding how that work is used. Copyright protects original works that are creative, expressive, and fixed in a tangible medium (like YouTube videos!)

Copyright and Content ID: YouTube’s Rules of the Road (Part 2)

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Things to keep in mind

  • Sometimes you can use someone else’s content without infringing their copyright, such as in cases of fair use. You can also use someone else’s content when you have permission from them.
  • Videos uploaded to YouTube are scanned against a database of audio and visual content that are submitted by copyright owners. This automated checking system is known as Content ID.
  • If you upload a video that contains someone else's work, your video could get a Content ID claim. Your video could also get removed due to a copyright takedown request.
  • If your copyright-protected content was posted on YouTube without your permission, you can submit a copyright removal request. Note that submitting a copyright removal request starts a legal process.
  • YouTube doesn’t decide copyright ownership or mediate ownership disputes.

Best practices

Other legal protections and reporting tools



Harassment & Cyberbullying

Harmful Content

“A video improperly uses our brand name or distinctive mark.”

“I appear in this video without my consent.”

“Someone is maliciously attacking me online.”

“I found a video that incites violence/dangerous activity.”

Trademark complaint

Privacy complaint

Reporting tool

Reporting tool

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