Remove claimed songs from videos

If your video has been claimed for a copyright owner's music, there may be restrictions on where the video is available, as well as whether you can monetise the video.

In some cases, you can remove the song and the restrictions that come with it. This can be done by muting the portion of your video where the claimed audio appears, or by muting just the song while keeping the background audio intact, if eligible.

Note that even if you use this tool, you're still responsible for any use of third-party content in your videos. If your video is ineligible, you won't see the Mute Song option.

Need music for next time? Browse and download copyright-safe music from the YouTube Audio Library.
Note
  • If your video has over 100,000 views, you may not be able to save your video edits. This restriction doesn't apply to users who are in the YouTube Partner Programme.
  • This feature is only available for videos shorter than six hours.

Remove a track from a video with a copyright claim:

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. Click the Videos tab.
  3. Find the video that you want to remove a song from.
  4. Find the claim that you want to remove the song from. If your video has multiple claims, you'll need to edit each of them individually.
  5. Click the SELECT ACTION drop-down.
  6. Click Mute Song.
  7. You'll have two options to select from:
    • Mute all sound when song plays
      • This option allows you to mute the portion of your video where the claimed audio appears.
    • Mute song only (beta)
      • This option allows you to mute just the claimed song while keeping the background audio intact. This is only available for audio claims made through Content ID matching and will be greyed out if the claim isn't eligible.
      • Disclaimer: This edit usually takes longer and might not work if the song is hard to remove.
  8. ​​You'll be able to preview the edit in the video player before choosing to proceed.
  9. Click Continue and Mute if you want to proceed with the edit. The edit will now start processing.
Note
  • Processing times can vary, so you'll need to be patient.
  • You can close the window while the edit is processing.
  • You won't be able to make any other edits while the video is still processing.
  • The video will remain in its current state until this process is complete.

For now, you'll need to refresh the entire page to check if the edit was successful and if the claim was released. We're working on implementing notifications in YouTube Studio beta to indicate when an edit is complete. If we're able to mute the copyrighted song, we'll update any viewing or monetisation restrictions on your video.

In Creator Studio Classic

  1. Sign in and go to your Video Manager.
  2. Find the video that you want to remove a song from.
  3. Click the Down arrow beside 'Edit', then click Audio.
  4. If the song in the video can be removed, you'll see the Erase Audio section at the bottom of the screen. Select the song that you'd like to remove and click Erase.
  5. Click Save. Wait for the song erasure to finish processing to find out if the song removal was successful.

This will remove only the claimed audio, leaving any other layers of audio intact. If that's not possible, it will mute the portion of your video where the claimed audio appears.

Undo song removal

To undo the song removal:

  1. Sign in and go to your Video Manager.
  2. Click the title of the video that you want to edit.
  3. In the menu on the left, click Editor.
  4. Click the Down arrow next to the music note .
  5. Click + AUDIO.
  6. In the top-right corner, click Revert to original.
  7. Click Save.

In Creator Studio Classic

  1. Sign in and go to your Video Manager.
  2. Find the video that you want to remove a song from.
  3. Click the Down arrow beside 'Edit', then click Audio.
  4. In the top-right corner of the screen, click Revert to original.
  5. Click Save.
Note: If your video has over 100,000 views, you may not be able to save your video edits. This restriction doesn't apply to users who are in the YouTube Partner Programme.
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