Copyright strike basics

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

If you get a copyright strike, it means that a copyright owner has submitted a legal copyright removal request for using their copyright-protected content. When a copyright removal request is submitted to us, we review it. If the removal request is valid, we have to remove your video from YouTube to comply with copyright law.

Learn more about the copyright removal request process.

A video can only have one copyright strike at a time. Bear 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.

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What happens when you receive a copyright strike

We all make mistakes. The first time you get a copyright strike, you'll need to go through Copyright School. Copyright School helps creators understand copyright principles and how they're enforced on YouTube. Copyright School consists of four short multiple-choice questions. Watch this video for more info on our copyright policies.

Tip: Watch this video for more info on our copyright policies.

If your active live stream is removed for copyright, your access to live streaming will be restricted for seven 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 part of the YouTube Partner Programme, you're eligible for a seven-day courtesy period. After three copyright strikes, you'll have seven additional days to act before your channel is disabled. During this period, your copyright strikes won't expire and you can't upload new videos. Your channel will remain live and you can access it to seek a resolution for your strikes.

If you submit counter notifications that bring your strike count under three, your channel won't be disabled while the counter notifications are unresolved. If these counter notifications are forwarded to the copyright claimant, your ability to upload will be restored. If the counter notification is resolved in your favour, or the removal is retracted, your channel won't be impacted.
How to get info about your strike
  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. From the left-hand menu, click Content .
  3. Click the filter bar and then Copyright.
  4. In the Restrictions column, hover over Copyright.
  5. Click SEE DETAILS.
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. If it's your first strike, you'll need to complete Copyright School.
  2. Get a retraction: You can get in touch with the person who claimed your video and ask them to retract their claim of copyright infringement.
  3. Submit a counter notification: If you think that your video was removed by mistake, or qualifies as fair use, you can submit a counter notification.
Protect your account from phishing attempts. We send YouTube copyright strike notifications only from Learn more about how to keep your account secure and stay safe online.

Watch to learn more

Take a look at the following video from the YouTube Creators channel to learn the basics of copyright strikes.

Copyright in YouTube Studio: Addressing Copyright Claims with New Tools, Filters and More

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