How to use the YouTube Content Verification Tool

If you don’t have a CVP account yet, fill out this form to check if it matches your copyright management needs.

YouTube’s Content Verification Tool is now found in the content management system. Follow the steps below to search for content and submit copyright notifications.

Sign in as a Content Manager

  1. Sign in to your CVP YouTube channel.
  2. In the top right, click your profile picture.
  3. Click Switch account.
  4. You'll see a list of your Google Accounts. If you have a content management system, you'll see the content owner name with "Content Manager" below it.
  5. Select the content owner name and YouTube will switch over to the content owner account.

Click your profile picture again to switch back to other accounts.

Search for videos

  1. Navigate to the Manual claiming left navigation section of Studio Content Manager.
  2. In the search box at the top, enter your search criteria. 
  3. You can enter keywords in the search box, which YouTube will try to match to video titles, descriptions, tags and other metadata. Entering @username or @channel ID will surface videos from a specific uploader. You can also click Filter  next to the search box to apply filters for criteria like the length of the video or upload date.
    • Use the "-" symbol to exclude keywords from your search.
    • Note: If you choose not to request a video’s removal, it must be manually unchecked. Entering new search terms will not automatically reset your selected videos.
  4. Videos related to your search terms will be displayed. Next to each video is a Down arrow.
    • For videos that have an active claim, the claim(s) show at the right end of the row.
    • Choose how to sort the search results.
      • Use the Sort by drop-down in the top right hand to sort the results based on Relevance, Published date, or Lifetime views.
  5. Click the Down arrow next to each video you wish to report, then find the asset in each video you’d like to claim.
  6. Click Select asset.
  7. Click Claim.  

Submit copyright takedown requests

  1. When you're finished making selections on one page of results, click the Actions button at the top of the page and select the Takedown dropdown. A pop-up window will open.
  2. NEW: Click SELECT ASSET to provide a precise identification of your copyrighted work in the Work allegedly infringed field. You’ll have the option to either:
    1. Select an existing asset you’ve previously created 
    2. Create a new asset
  3. The asset selected should serve as the description for all the videos in your takedown request. Valid descriptions include show titles, movie titles, and song titles.
    1. If appropriate, please also identify any copyright owner you're acting on behalf of in the Asset title field when creating an asset. 
  4. Click the checkbox next to the statements at the bottom of the page if you agree.
  5. Type your first and last name (not a company name) in the space indicated to serve as your digital signature.
  6. Click Submit.
Retract copyright claims created using the Content Verification Tool

If you wish to retract a claim of copyright infringement submitted through the CVP tool, you can retract that claim through CMS:

  1. Go to Content Manager Classic.
  2. Click Claims in the left navigation of your Content Manager under the Content ID header.
  3. Search by video ID or otherwise find the relevant video in the list and click the title.
  4. Click Release.

What is an asset?

An asset contains information about intellectual property like a sound recording or a television episode. A content owner gives this information to YouTube for rights management on our platform.

When you submit a takedown request, you'll need to either create a new or select an existing asset to describe the copyrighted content you want to protect in the "Work allegedly infringed" field. These assets will show up in the Assets tab in the left navigation bar under Content ID. Learn more about assets.

What is a claim?

When you submit a takedown request, a claim is created for each video that was the subject of your takedown. The claim will show up in the Claims tab in the left navigation bar under Content ID. You can view the videos you’ve requested for removal here. Also, if you want to retract your claim, you can revisit them here.

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