Learn about copyright removal requests

A copyright removal request, also known as a 'takedown notice' or simply a 'takedown', is a legal request to remove content from YouTube due to alleged copyright infringement.

Bear in mind that copyright removal requests are different from Content ID claims.

How the process works

If a copyright owner finds their copyright-protected content on YouTube without their permission, they can submit a copyright removal request.

After a removal request is submitted

After a removal request is submitted, YouTube reviews it to make sure that it has the information required by applicable copyright law and shows no signs of abuse. If the removal request passes the review, YouTube removes the allegedly infringing content to comply with applicable copyright law.

If the removal request is missing information or if more detail is needed, YouTube will reach out to the claimant (the person who submitted the removal request) for more information. For example, claimants may be asked to:

  • Provide a more specific title of the copyrighted work
  • Submit evidence of authorisation to act on behalf of the copyright owner, if applicable
  • Confirm whether copyright exceptions, such as fair use or fair dealing, have been considered.

Until we've received the required information, the content in question may remain on YouTube.

If content is removed

If the removal request is processed, the content is removed from YouTube and a copyright strike is applied to the uploader's channel. The uploader has three options to resolve a copyright strike.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

How does YouTube review copyright removal requests?

Copyright removal requests are reviewed using a combination of automated systems and human reviewers.

Our automated systems use machine learning to process copyright removal requests. The systems are continuously trained on data from previous decisions made by human reviewers and only process removal requests when there's a high degree of confidence that the request has all the legally required elements and isn't abusive. Abusive requests are when someone is intentionally and maliciously attempting to remove content from YouTube through a likely false assertion of copyright ownership.

When our automated systems are unsure if the removal request is valid (has all the legally required elements and isn't abusive), then a trained human reviewer evaluates the request. If they need more information to validate the request, a human reviewer will email the claimant and ask for more information. For example, claimants may be asked to:

  • Provide a more specific title for their copyrighted work
  • Submit evidence that they're authorised to act on behalf of the copyright owner who they're representing
  • Confirm that they've considered whether the video could be protected by copyright exceptions, such as fair use or fair dealing

If a claimant doesn't respond to the email or doesn't provide the required information, the content in question will remain on YouTube.

Why are automated systems used to review content?

Automated systems are used to provide faster and more efficient responses to the high volume of removal requests that we receive while maintaining a high level of accuracy.

For example, in 2022, YouTube received copyright removal requests for over 16 million videos. Despite this high volume, using automation to process removal requests that are more likely to be valid enables us to provide faster response times, without sacrificing accuracy. In fact, we see that removals processed by our automated systems are appealed less often than removals processed by human reviewers.

Learn more about how YouTube's systems review content.  

How do I submit a copyright removal request for videos?
To submit a removal request for videos, follow the steps here.
How do I submit a copyright removal request for non-video content?
To submit a removal request for non-video content, such as channel icon images, follow the steps here. Our webform cannot process non-video removal requests. 
Can I request the removal of an entire channel or playlist?
No, you can't. You're required to identify any allegedly infringing videos by their video URL. 

Here's how to find a video's URL:

  1. Find the video in question on YouTube.
  2. In the address bar at the top, there should be a video URL like this one: www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxxxxxxxxxx

To submit a copyright request, follow the steps here

Why do I have to give you all my information each time that I submit a new copyright removal request?

In accordance with applicable copyright law, we require a copyright removal request to be sent for each allegation of copyright infringement.

The easiest way to submit another removal request is to sign in to YouTube and use our webform.

Bear in mind that we offer additional copyright management tools for copyright owners with frequent copyright management needs.
I told YouTube about a video that infringed my copyright and it was removed. Why did I get an email saying it may be reinstated to the site?
It's likely that we got a counter notification from the uploader in response to your removal request. The video will be reinstated unless you prove that you've filed a court action against the creator to restrain the allegedly infringing activity. If we don't receive that notice from you within ten days, we may reinstate the material to YouTube. Learn more about responding to a counter notification.
How can I report videos that give passwords or key generators that allow unauthorised use of my copyrighted works?
If a video explains how to bypass restrictions to your software with passwords, key generators or cracks, use our Other legal issues form to let us know.
How do I remove a copy of my video from another platform?

If you find your YouTube video on another platform without your permission, you'll have to follow their process for requesting the removal of the video. YouTube can't request the removal for you.

Most sites that permit creators to upload videos rely on the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act's (DMCA) 'safe harbour'. When they receive a complete and valid copyright removal request from a copyright owner, they should remove the content. There are some exceptions, but if you're sure that the copy of your work doesn't qualify for a copyright exception, like fair use or fair dealing, you can request its removal.

To understand what you need to include in a copyright removal request, review the requirements of a DMCA takedown notice.

Most sites require a link to a specific video URL. If you don't find the URL, you can try right-clicking the video or clicking the video's timestamp to get it.

Sites that rely on the DMCA must have contact information for a designated DMCA agent listed with the US Copyright Office and on their website. If you find your video on one of these sites without your permission, you can send your copyright removal request to the appropriate email address below. If the site that you're looking for isn't listed below, you can also check the US Copyright Office's DMCA agent database.

Dailymotion: notifications@dailymotion.com

Instagram: ip@instagram.com

Facebook: ip@fb.com

TikTok: copyright@tiktok.com

Twitter: copyright@twitter.com

Vimeo: dmca@vimeo.com 

 

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