Retract a claim of copyright infringement

After submitting a copyright takedown request, a copyright owner may change their mind or realize they've misidentified content. When this happens, the copyright owner can retract their claim of copyright infringement.

Retractions will resolve the copyright strike for the uploader of the content that was taken down. Unless the uploader already deleted the content, a retraction will restore the content to YouTube.

If you submitted a takedown request

If you submitted a takedown request in error, you can retract your copyright infringement claim by sending an email to copyright@youtube.com.

Your email should be sent from the same email address or corporate domain you used to submit your original takedown request. If the email address is different, it may not be possible to process your retraction.

 Your email needs to include the following required info:

  1. Statement of retraction, such as "I hereby retract my claim of copyright infringement."
    • Note: We can only accept a retraction of the takedown request. We can’t accept retractions of only the copyright strike such as “I retract my copyright strike.”
  2. Specific URL of the content in question
    • For videos, the valid URL format is: www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxxxxxxxxxx
    • For non-video content, such as channel banner images, valid URL formats are listed here.
      • Note: Google hosts the profile pictures that appear on YouTube channels. To retract a copyright infringement claim on a profile picture, reply to the email confirmation you got when you submitted your original removal request. Include a statement of retraction in your reply, such as the sentence listed above in Step 1.
  3. Electronic signature
    • The copyright owner or authorized agent should enter their full legal name as their signature to the bottom of the email. The full legal name should be a first and last name, not a company name.
If you’re a partner with a CVP account or a CMS, you can retract claimed videos through these platforms.
 
To submit a retraction, make sure you’re signed in to the same Google Account from which the original claim was made. Note that matching videos won’t be claimed after a retraction is processed.
If your content was taken down

If you're a creator affected by a copyright claim, you can get in touch with the copyright owner directly to request a retraction.

Some creators list ways they can be contacted in their channel.
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