Dispute a Content ID claim

If you receive a Content ID claim on your video that you believe is wrong, you can dispute the claim. When you dispute a Content ID claim, the copyright owner will be notified and they'll have 30 days to respond.

If you got a copyright strike, use the process outlined in our copyright strike basics, instead of the one described in this article.

You can dispute a Content ID claim if you believe that the system misidentified your video, or if you have all the rights to use that copyright-protected content.

File a dispute

What to know before you dispute: Make sure that you understand how fair use and the public domain work before you choose to dispute for either of those reasons. YouTube can't help you decide whether you should dispute a claim. You may want to seek your own legal advice if you're not sure what to do.

Disputes are only intended for cases where you have all the necessary rights to the content in your video. Repeated or malicious abuse of the dispute process can result in penalties against your video or channel.

If you have monetisation enabled on your video and the Content ID claimant wishes to monetise their claim on the video as well, we'll continue to show ads on your video until the entire dispute process has come to a conclusion. Learn more about monetisation during a Content ID dispute.
How to file a dispute
  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. From the left-hand menu, select Videos.
  3. Click the down arrow above 'Copyright claim'. You'll find this next to the respective video under the Monetisation column, if available. Otherwise, you'll find this option under the Visibility column.
  4. Click View copyright claim details.
  5. This will take you to the Video Copyright Info page that provides information such as what's been claimed in your video and who claimed it.
  6. Click Dispute under SELECT ACTION.

Creator Studio Classic instructions

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. In the bottom left, click Creator Studio Classic.
  3. Click Video Manager and then Copyright Notices.
  4. Click the copyright symbol next to the video with the claim that you wish to dispute. This will take you to information about what's been claimed in your video and who claimed it.
  5. Click File a dispute and fill in the appropriate fields.
What happens after you file a dispute

After you submit your dispute, the copyright owner has 30 days to respond. There are a few actions that the copyright owner can take:

  • Release the claim: If they agree with your dispute, they can release their claim. If you were previously monetising the video, your monetisation settings will be restored automatically when all claims on your video are released.
  • Uphold the claim: If they believe that their claim is still valid, they can uphold it. If you feel that it was mistakenly upheld, you may be able to appeal their decision.
  • Take down your video: They can submit a copyright takedown request to remove your video from YouTube, which means that you'll get a copyright strike on your account.
  • Do nothing, let the claim expire: If they don't respond within 30 days, their claim on your video will expire, and you don't need to do anything.

If you had ads running on the claimed video, you may want to learn more about monetisation during Content ID disputes.

If the policy is set to block (don't allow users to view the video on YouTube) or track (allow users to view the video without advertisements), this policy may be temporarily lifted until your dispute is resolved. Learn more about policy and claim basics. During this time, your video cannot be monetised.

If your dispute is rejected, file an appeal

If you've already disputed a Content ID claim and feel that it was mistakenly upheld by the copyright owner, you can appeal their decision.

How to appeal rejected disputes

In the same place where you disputed the claim in the Video Copyright Info page in YouTube Studio, you may now see the option to appeal.

Creator Studio Classic instructions

In the same place in your Video Manager where you disputed the claim, you may now see the option to appeal.

 There might be restrictions that affect your ability to appeal, such as the age of your account. You'll also need to verify your account if you haven't already done so. Check your channel's ability to appeal rejected disputes on your account features page.

What happens after you appeal

After you appeal a rejected dispute, the copyright owner has 30 days to respond. After you appeal, there are a few actions that the copyright owner can take:

  • Do nothing, let the claim expire: If they don't respond within 30 days, their claim on your video will expire, and you don't need to do anything.
  • Release the claim: If the copyright owner agrees with your appeal, they can release their claim, and you don't need to do anything.
  • Request immediate removal of your video: If they believe that their claim is still valid, they may issue a copyright takedown request against your video. This means that you'll get a copyright strike on your account. If you still believe that you have the rights to the content, you can submit a counter notification at this point.
  • Schedule a takedown request for your video: If the copyright owner issues a delayed copyright takedown request, you can cancel your appeal within seven days. This prevents the takedown and keeps the claim active on your video.

If you change your mind, you can retract your appeal after you've submitted it. Click Cancel appeal on the page where you disputed the claim. Please bear in mind that, once you cancel, you can't appeal the claim again.

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