Submit a copyright takedown notice

If your copyright-protected work was posted on YouTube without authorization, you may submit a copyright infringement notification. Be sure to consider whether fair use, fair dealing, or a similar exception to copyright applies before you submit. These requests should only be sent in by the copyright owner or an agent authorized to act on the owner’s behalf.

The fastest and simplest way to submit a copyright takedown notice is through our webform. You’ll find this easier on a desktop or laptop computer than on a mobile device or tablet.

Submit a copyright complaint


The name you enter as copyright owner will be published on YouTube in place of disabled content. If you are able to provide a valid legal alternative, such as a company name, or the name of a representative you have authorized to act on your behalf, we will review and apply it, if appropriate. This will become part of the public record of your request, along with your description(s) of the work(s) allegedly infringed. All other information, including your full legal name and email address, are part of the full takedown notice, which may be provided to the uploader.

If you choose to submit a copyright takedown request, please remember that you are initiating a legal process.

Do not make false claims. Misuse of this process may result in the suspension of your account or other legal consequences.

If you are a company and own exclusive rights to a large amount of content that requires regular online rights administration, you may want to apply for access to YouTube’s Content ID system or to our Content Verification Program.

We will also accept free-form copyright infringement notifications, submitted by email, fax and mail.

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