How to use the YouTube Content Verification Tool

CVP is moving to YouTube Studio Content Manager beta, an upgraded interface in our Content Management System. The new interface comes with an update that replaces the Work allegedly infringed free text field with the option to select a newly or previously created asset to act as the Work allegedly infringed for your takedown request. 
A list of takedowns you previously submitted will still be accessed in the Classic Content Manager System. See below for updated instructions.

If you do not yet have a Content Verification Program (CVP) account, fill out this form if see if it’s the tool that best matches your copyright management needs.

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

1. Sign in as a content manager

  1. Sign in to your CVP YouTube account.
  2. In the top right, click the channel icon.
  3. Click on Switch account.
  4. You'll see a drop-down list of the Google accounts that you have access to. If you have access to 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 the channel icon again to switch back to other accounts.

2. Searching for videos

  1. Navigate to the Manual claiming left navigation section of Studio Content Manager.
  2. Enter search criteria in the search box. 
  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 apply filters based on other criteria, such as the length of the video or upload date.
    • Use the "-" symbol to exclude keywords from your search.
    • Note: Videos must be manually unchecked if you choose not to request their removal. Entering new search terms will not automatically reset your selected videos.
  4. Videos related to your search terms will be displayed. Adjacent to each video is a small checkbox.
    • 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 checkbox next to each video you wish to report.
  6. If you wish to report all of the videos on a page, you can click the checkbox at the top of the list.  

Submitting copyright takedown requests

  1. When you are 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 appear.
  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 applicable, please also identify any copyright owner you're acting on behalf of in the Asset title field when creating an asset. 
  4. Click the check box 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.

4. Retracting 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 Claims in the left navigation of your Content Manager under the Content ID header.
  2. Search by video ID or otherwise locate the relevant video in the list and click the checkbox next to it.
  3. Click the Actions button at the top of the list, select Release claims, and select Apply, or
  4. Click on the claim in your claims list and click Retract in the top right corner.

What is an asset?

An asset contains information about intellectual property, such as a sound recording or a television episode, that a content owner provides YouTube for rights management on our platform.

When you submit a takedown request, you will need to either create a new or select an existing asset to describe the copyrighted content you are seeking to protect in the Work allegedly infringed field.These 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. This will show up in the Claims tab in the left navigation bar under Content ID. This is where you can keep track of the videos you’ve requested for removal and revisit them in the event that you want to retract your claim.

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