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Copyright issues with live streams and Hangouts On Air

All live broadcasts are scanned for third party content. When third party content is identified, a placeholder image may replace your live broadcast until our system no longer detects third party content. In some cases, we may terminate your live broadcast. Live streams and Hangouts on Air can also be terminated if they receive a copyright strike or a Community Guidelines strike.

If your live stream or Hangout on Air stops, the quickest way to confirm whether you have received either type of strike is to check your Account Status and Features.

How to tell if your live broadcast has been interrupted

If your live broadcast was terminated and you did not receive a strike, copyrighted content owned by a third party has been detected in your video.

Before your live broadcast is terminated or replaced with a still image, you will be warned to stop broadcasting the third-party content our system has identified. If you comply with this warning, your broadcast will be allowed to continue. If copyrighted content remains in your broadcast, it will be temporarily interrupted or terminated, and you may lose access to live streaming and Hangouts on Air.

How to live stream third-party content when you've licensed the rights

Your live broadcast can be interrupted even if you licensed the third-party content in question, or even if you restricted your broadcast to a territory in which you own all the necessary rights. 

If a rightsholder has previously claimed the content in your video through Content ID, you may ask them to whitelist your channel to facilitate future live broadcasts.

Content ID claims on archived live broadcasts

Content ID claims are only made after you complete your live broadcast, if you decide to archive the video. Learn more about Content ID claims.

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