Remove claimed content from videos

If your video has a Content ID claim, there may be restrictions on where the video is viewable or whether it can be monetized. To remove the claim and the associated restrictions, you can edit out the claimed content without having to upload a new video.

If done successfully, any of these options will automatically clear a Content ID claim:

  • Trim out segment: You can edit out just the claimed segment from your video.
  • Replace song: If the audio in your video is claimed, you may be able to replace the claimed audio with other audio from the YouTube Audio Library.
  • Mute song: If the audio in your video is claimed, you may be able to mute the claimed audio. You can choose to mute just the song or all the video's audio.

Trim, replace, or mute claimed content in YouTube Studio

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.
  4. Find the video that you're interested in.
  5. In the Restrictions column, hover over Copyright.
  6. Click SEE DETAILS.
  7. Under the Content identified in this video section, find the relevant claim and click SELECT ACTIONS and then Trim out segment, Replace song, or Mute song.

 Trim out segment

This option lets you edit out the segment of your video that got the Content ID claim.
  1. (Optional) Edit the start time and end time of the section that you’re removing.
    • Keep in mind that if some claimed content stays in your video, the claim won’t be removed.
  2. Click CONTINUE and then TRIM.
Once all claimed content is trimmed out, the Content ID claim will be removed from your video.

 Replace song (audio claims only)

This option lets you swap claimed audio with other audio 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. Keep in mind that if some claimed audio stays in your video, the claim won’t be removed.
    • Drag the edges of the box to change the amount of the song that plays.
    • Use the zoom options Zoom in for more precise edits.
  3. (Optional) Add more tracks.
  4. Click SAVE and then REPLACE.

Once all claimed audio is fully replaced, the Content ID claim will be removed from your video.

 Mute song (audio claims only)

This option lets you mute the claimed audio in your video. You can choose to mute just the song or all the video's audio.
  1. Choose how you'd like to mute:
    • Mute all sound when song plays
      • Mutes all audio during the part of the video with claimed audio.
      • This option is usually faster and more likely to automatically remove the claim.
    • Mute song only (beta)
      • 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.
    • Keep in mind that if some claimed audio stays in your video, the claim won’t be removed.
  3. Preview the edit in the video player.
  4. Click CONTINUE and then MUTE. The edit will start processing.

If all claimed audio can be muted, the Content ID claim will be removed from your video.

Keep in mind:
  • 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 stay in its current state (before edits) until processing is done.
  • If your video is over 6 hours long, you may not be able to save changes.
  • If your channel is not in the YouTube Partner Program (YPP), you may not be able to save changes if your video has over 100,000 views.
Tip: When processing is done, reload the page to confirm edits were made and the claim is gone.

Mute claimed content on the YouTube Studio app

To mute claimed content in a video:

  1. Sign in to the YouTube Studio app.
  2. Tap Content .
  3. Select a video with a copyright restriction and tap on the restriction.
  4. In the bottom panel, tap REVIEW ISSUES.
  5. Tap the relevant claim.
  6. Tap Mute segment.

Undo edits

To undo the edits that you made to your video and revert to the original video:

  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. From the left menu, click Editor .
  5. Select Options Moreand then Revert to original  to remove any edits you made to your video.

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