Copyright strike basics

This article is about copyright strikes. If you're looking for information about Community Guidelines strikes, which are different from copyright strikes, go to our Community Guideline strikes basics.

If you receive a copyright strike, that means that your video has been taken down from YouTube because a copyright owner has 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.

What happens when you receive a copyright strike

We all make mistakes. When you get a copyright strike, it acts as a warning. However, copyright strikes may affect your ability to monetise. In addition, if your live stream or archived live stream is removed for copyright, your access to live streaming will be restricted for 90 days.

If you get three copyright strikes:

  • Your account, along with any associated channels, is subject to termination.
  • All of the videos uploaded to your account will be removed.
  • You can't create new channels.

Courtesy period

If your channel is in the YouTube Partner Programme, you are eligible for a seven-day courtesy period after three copyright strikes, before your channel is disabled. During this period, your copyright strikes won't expire and you won't be able to upload new videos. Your channel will remain live and you will be able to access it to seek a resolution for your strikes. If your strikes are resolved through a retraction, or we forward your counter notifications and they are ultimately successful, your channel will not be disabled.
Get information about your strike
  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. From the left menu, select Videos.
  3. Click the down arrow above 'Copyright claim'. You'll find this next to the respective video under the Monetisation column, if available. Otherwise, you'll find this option under the Visibility column.
  4. Click View copyright claim details.

Creator Studio Classic instructions

  1. Sign in to YouTube.
  2. Go to Creator Studio Classic and then Video Manager.
  3. Select Copyright notices.
  4. Click  Video taken down next to a video, to learn more about the removal.
Resolve a copyright strike

There are three ways to resolve a copyright strike:

  1. Wait for it to expire: Copyright strikes expire after 90 days, as long as you complete Copyright School.
  2. Get a retraction: You can contact the person who claimed your video and ask them to retract their claim of copyright infringement.
  3. 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.


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