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. For instance, if you have all the rights to the content in your video, or think that the system misidentified your video, you can file a dispute. 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.

Content ID Dispute Process - Copyright on YouTube

File a dispute

Before you dispute: Make sure that you understand how fair use and the public domain work. 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 and the claimant both choose to monetise the video, the video will still earn revenue during the dispute process. Learn how revenue is handled in Content ID disputes.

Dispute a claim

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. From the left-hand menu, select Videos and find your video.
  3. In the 'Restrictions' column, hover over 'Copyright claim' and click SEE DETAILS.
  4. Click SELECT ACTIONS and then Dispute.

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. A video can receive multiple Content ID claims or takedown requests, but can only receive one copyright strike at a time.
  • 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 copyright owner selected a policy to block your video or track its performance, the policy may be disabled temporarily until your dispute is resolved.

File an appeal

You can file an appeal if the copyright owner has denied your Content ID dispute.

How to appeal rejected disputes

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. From the left-hand menu, select Videos and find your video.
  3. In the 'Restrictions' column, hover over 'Copyright claim' and click SEE DETAILS.
  4. Click SELECT ACTIONS and then 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. 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.
    Note: A video can receive multiple Content ID claims or takedown requests, but can only receive one copyright strike at a time.
  • 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. By cancelling, you'll prevent the takedown and you won't receive a copyright strike. The claim will remain 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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