If you upload copyright-protected content to YouTube without the copyright owner’s authorization, it may be taken down. A counter notification is a legal request for YouTube to reinstate a video that was taken down for alleged copyright infringement.
Counter notification basics
Here are a few things to keep in mind before submitting a counter notification:
- Counter notifications must be submitted by the video’s original uploader or an agent authorized to act on their behalf, such as an attorney.
- Only submit a counter notice if your video was taken down due to a mistake or misidentification of content, including fair use. Don’t submit counter notifications for any other reasons.
- If your video was taken down for alleged copyright infringement, but doesn't fit the criteria above, you can wait for your copyright strike to expire, usually after 90 days. You can also reach out to the copyright owner directly to get a retraction of the copyright infringement.
- If your account has been suspended for multiple copyright violations, the counter notification action will be unavailable to you. If appropriate, you can submit a free-form counter notification.
Prepare info for your counter notification
YouTube requires certain info in your counter notification. Your counter notification must:
- Meet all legal requirements.
- Clearly explain your use of the copyrighted content in your own words. If you think the content was identified as a mistake, explain why.
Evaluate the copyrighted content
Your counter notification should include details about the specific content claimed in your video. To review this content, hover over “Copyright claim” in the “Restrictions” column next to your video and click SEE DETAILS.
Before submitting a counter notification, consider the following:
- Who owns the content?
- If you’ve used someone else’s copyrighted work, can you provide evidence of a license or permission for that content?
- Is your use of the content protected by fair use, fair dealing, or a similar exception to copyright?
- Is the content in the public domain?
Include complete info
In addition, if important info is missing from your counter notification, it may be rejected. When entering your contact info and rationale, be sure to:
- Include your complete address.
- Enter your full legal name.
Submit a counter notification
To submit a copyright counter notification:
- Sign in to YouTube Studio.
- From the left menu, select Videos and find the impacted video.
Tip: Select Filter Copyright claims to find impacted videos faster.
- In the “Restrictions” column, hover over “Copyright claim” and click SEE DETAILS.
- Click SELECT ACTION Submit counter notification.
- Enter your contact info and rationale, then click SUBMIT.
If your counter notification meets all legal requirements and has a clear explanation of how you have the rights to the removed content, we'll forward it to the claimant. The claimant will have 10 business days to provide evidence that they’ve initiated a court action to keep the content down. This time period is a requirement of copyright law, so please be patient.