Videos removed or blocked due to YouTube's contractual obligations

YouTube enters into agreements with certain music copyright owners to allow use of their sound recordings and musical compositions.

In exchange for this, some of these music copyright owners require us to handle videos containing their sound recordings and/or musical works in ways that differ from the usual processes on YouTube. Under these contracts, we may be required to remove specific videos from the site, block specific videos in certain territories, or prevent specific videos from being reinstated after a counter notification.

Sometimes, this may mean the Content ID appeals and/or counter notification processes won't be available. Your account will not be penalized at this time.

YouTube will let you know if this happens to one of your videos. We’ll also give you contact info for the complainant when possible so you can discuss the matter directly.

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