Remove claimed content from videos

We're currently rolling out 2 changes to the Video Copyright Details page:

  1. Page design: We've updated the layout of the page. If you're looking for the claimant name and claim policy details, hover over the "Impact on the video" row.
  2. Copyright tab: On a video’s Details page, we added a new Copyright tab so you can easily access copyright info from any video's Details page.

Keep in mind that the available info and options for responding to claims haven't changed.


If your video has a copyright claim, there may be restrictions on where the video is available or whether it can be monetized.

If the claim is for the audio in a video, there are a few options to remove the claimed content and clear the restrictions from the video:

  • Trim out the part of the video with a copyright claim
  • Replace the song with audio from our Audio Library
  • Mute the song

If the claim is for something else, you can:

  • Trim out the part of the video with a copyright claim
Note: If your video is over 6 hours long, you may not be able to save changes. Also, if your channel is not in the YouTube Partner Program, you may not be able to save changes if your video has over 100,000 views.

Edit videos with claimed content

To remove claimed content from a video:

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. From the left menu, select Content .
  3. Click the filter bar  and then Copyright claims.
  4. In the Restrictions column, hover over Copyright claim.
  5. Click SEE DETAILS.
  6. Click SELECT ACTION and choose which action to take: Trim out segment, Replace song, or Mute song.

Trim out segment

This option lets you edit out the section of your video that got the copyright claim.
  1.  (Optional) Edit the start time and end time of the section you’re removing.
  2. Click CONTINUE and then TRIM.
If some claimed content stays in your video, the claim won’t be released. Once all the claimed content is removed, any restrictions on your video will be cleared.

Replace song (audio claims only)

This option lets you swap claimed audio in your video with songs from the YouTube Audio Library.
  1.  Use the search filters to find a new audio track. Click Play to preview tracks.
  2. When you find a song you like, click ADD. The song will appear in the editor in a blue box.
    • Click and drag the box to change when the song should start.
    • Drag the edges of the box to change the amount of the song that plays.
    • Use the zoom options Zoom in for more precise adjustments.
  3. (Optional) Add more tracks.
  4. Click SAVE and then REPLACE.
  5. Once the claimed audio is replaced, any restrictions on your video will be cleared.

Mute song (audio claims only)

This option lets you mute the claimed audio in your video. You can choose whether to mute just the song or all audio in the video.
  1. Choose how you'd like to mute:
    • Mute all sound when song plays
      • This option mutes all audio during the part of the video with claimed audio.
    • Mute song only (beta)
      • This option mutes just the claimed song. Other audio, like dialog or sound effects, won’t be muted. 
      • This edit usually takes longer and might not work if the song is hard to remove.
  2. (Optional) Edit the start time and end time of the audio mute.
    • If some of the claimed song stays in your video, the claim won’t be released.
  3. Preview the edit in the video player. 
  4. Click CONTINUE and then MUTE. The edit will start processing.

If the claimed copyrighted audio is able to be muted, any restrictions on your video will be cleared.

Notes:
  • Once you've made an edit, processing times can vary.
  • You can’t make other edits while the video is processing, but you can close the window. The video will remain in its current state until processing is done.
  • When processing is done, reload the page to check if the edit was successful and the claim was released.

Undo song changes

To undo a song replacement or unmute a song:

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. From the left menu, select Content .
  3. Click the thumbnail of the video you want to edit.
  4. In the left menu, click Editor.
  5. Select More and then Revert to original to remove any changes you made to your video.
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