Copyright strike basics
If you get a copyright strike, that means your video has been taken down from YouTube because a copyright owner sent us a complete and valid legal request asking us to do so. When a copyright owner formally notifies us that you don’t have their permission to post their content on the site, we take down your upload to comply with copyright law.
Keep in mind that videos can be removed from the site for reasons other than copyright. Also, Content ID claims don't result in a strike.
Deleting a video with a strike won’t resolve your strike. Learn how to resolve a copyright strike below.
We all make mistakes. When you get a copyright strike, it acts as a warning. The first time you get a copyright strike, you’ll need to go through Copyright School. We do this so you can understand copyright and how it’s enforced at YouTube.
Copyright strikes may affect your ability to monetize. In addition, if your live stream is removed for copyright, your access to live streaming will be restricted for 7 days.
If you get 3 copyright strikes:
- Your account, along with any associated channels, is subject to termination.
- All the videos uploaded to your account will be removed.
- You can't create new channels.
- Sign in to YouTube Studio.
- On the channel dashboard, click on Active copyright strikes under Channel violations.
- A page with details about your copyright strikes will pop up.
Creator Studio Classic instructions
- Sign in to YouTube.
- Go to Creator Studio Classic Video Manager.
- Select Copyright Notices.
- Click Video taken down next to a video to learn more about the removal.
There are three ways to resolve a copyright strike:
- Wait for it to expire: Copyright strikes expire after 90 days. If it's your first strike, you'll need to complete Copyright School.
- Get a retraction: You can contact the person who claimed your video and ask them to retract their claim of copyright infringement.
- Submit a counter notification: If your video was mistakenly removed because it was misidentified as infringing, or qualifies as a potential fair use, you may wish to submit a counter notification.