Retract a claim of copyright infringement

A copyright owner may change their mind or realise that they've misidentified content after submitting a copyright takedown request. 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 removed a video for alleged copyright infringement, you can retract your claim with an email. Make sure that you send us the following info:

  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: www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxxxxxxxx)
  3. An electronic signature (entering your full legal name will do)

Submit your retraction to copyright@youtube.com 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.

There are also pages where you may retract claims that you issued through CVP and CMS. Note that a previously removed video cannot be claimed following this action. Sign in to the Google Account that issued the copyright claim to submit a retraction.

If your video was removed

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 in which they can be contacted in their channel. Learn more about how to get in touch with others here.

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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