Submit a copyright counter notification

If you upload copyright-protected content to YouTube without the copyright owner's authorisation, it may be taken down. If you believe that your video was taken down in error, you can submit a copyright counter notification.

A counter notification is a legal request for YouTube to reinstate a video that was taken down for alleged copyright infringement.

Before you submit a counter notification, you should know the following important information:

  • The video's original uploader, or an agent authorised to act on their behalf such as a lawyer, must submit the counter notification.
  • Only submit a counter notification if your video was taken down due to a mistake or misidentification of content, including cases of fair use. Don't submit counter notifications for any other reason.
  • Counter notifications for non-video content, such as comments or channel banner images, must be submitted through a free-form counter notification.

Prepare your counter notification

YouTube requires your counter notification to:

  1. Meet all legal requirements.
  2. Clearly explain your right to use the copyrighted content in your own words. If you think that the content was mistakenly identified, explain why in a clear and concise manner.

Evaluate the copyrighted content

Your counter notification should include details about the specific content claimed in your video. To find these details:

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. From the left menu, select Content.
  3. Select Filter and then Copyright claims.
  4. In the Restrictions column, hover over Copyright claim next to your video.
  5. 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 licence or permission to use that content?
  • Is your use of the content protected by fair use, fair dealing or a similar copyright exception?
  • Is the content in the public domain?

Submit a counter notification

To submit a copyright counter notification:

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. From the left menu, select Content.
  3. Select Filter and then Copyright claims and find the impacted video.
  4. In the Restrictions column, hover over Copyright claim.
  5. Click SEE DETAILS.
  6. Under Actions, click SELECT ACTION  and then Submit counter notification.
  7. Enter your contact info and rationale.
    • Make sure that you include your complete physical address and full legal name.
    • If necessary info is missing from your counter notification, it may be rejected.
  8. Click SUBMIT.

By submitting a counter notification, you consent to sharing your info with the claimant.

If your account has been suspended for copyright violations, you can't send a counter notification following the steps above. You can try submitting a free-form counter notification.

What happens next?

Your counter notification will be forwarded to the claimant if it meets all legal requirements and clearly explains your right to use the content. Under most circumstances, we won't forward the counter notification to any party other than the original claimant. If the counter notification is forwarded, it will include the full text, including any personal info that you've entered.

The claimant has 10 business days, as required by copyright law, to reply to your counter notification. They'll need to respond with evidence that they've taken legal action to keep the content from being restored to YouTube.

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