Copyright issues with live streams

All live streams are scanned for matches to third-party content, including copyrighted content in the form of another live broadcast.

When third-party content is identified, a placeholder image may replace your live stream. You’ll be warned to stop streaming the third-party content. If you comply with this warning and address the issues, your stream can continue.

If the third-party content remains in your stream, your live stream will be temporarily interrupted or terminated. Your stream can also be terminated if you get a copyright or Community Guidelines strike.

Restore live streaming access

If your live stream stops, check your YouTube Studio dashboard for strikes. If you fix the issues listed, your access to live streaming can be restored. Learn more about resolving restrictions on live streaming.

Live stream licensed third-party content

If you’ve licensed third-party content to use in your stream, ask the owner of the content to add your channel to their allowlist through Content ID.

If your channel isn’t added to their allowlist, your live stream can be interrupted even if you’ve licensed the third-party content. Your live stream can also be interrupted even if you've restricted it to territories where you own all the necessary rights to the content if your channel isn’t added to the content owner's allowlist.

Content ID claims on archived live streams

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

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