Retract a claim of copyright infringement

After submitting a copyright infringement notification, a copyright owner may realise that they've misidentified content or 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 removed a video for alleged copyright infringement, you can retract your claim with an email. 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: 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 contact 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.

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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