Retract a claim of copyright infringement

After submitting a copyright infringement notification, a copyright owner may realise that they've misidentified content or may change their mind about their complaint. When this happens, YouTube honours retractions of copyright claims from the party that originally submitted them.

If you have had another user's video removed

If you have had another user's video removed for alleged copyright infringement, you can retract your claims on the Retractions page. There are also pages where you may retract claims issued through CVP and CMS. Note that a previously removed video cannot be claimed following this action. You need to be signed in to the Google Account that issued the copyright claim in order to submit a retraction.

If you do not have a Google Account and would like to retract a claim of copyright infringement, make sure that you send us the following information:

  1. A statement of retraction (such as 'I hereby retract my claim of copyright infringement')
  2. The complete and specific URL of the video in question (like:
  3. An electronic signature (typing your full legal name will do)

Submit your retraction to from the same email address that was used to submit your original claim of infringement. If the email address is different, we may not be able to process your retraction.

If your video was removed

If you're a user affected by a copyright claim, you can reach out to the copyright owner directly in search of a retraction. If the copyright owner has a Google Account, the easiest way to contact them is through YouTube's private messaging feature.

Note that we can only process retractions that are sent from the same email address or domain that submitted the original claim of copyright infringement.

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