Upload and claim your videos at youtube.com

The features described in this article are available only to partners who use YouTube's Content Manager to manage their copyrighted content.

The process of uploading a video to YouTube has a few extra steps for a YouTube content partner. In addition to processing the video, YouTube also creates a new asset, claims the video for the new asset, and applies a policy that specifies how to handle the video.


  • The steps below describe how to upload videos from the Upload page at studio.youtube.com. The process of creating assets and claiming videos is different when you upload videos using other methods.
  • You must own or have the necessary licenses for the audiovisual rights to any video you upload.

To upload a video as a YouTube content partner:

  1. Sign in to YouTube with a username that is linked to your YouTube partner account.
  2. Click the Upload video (beta) link.
  3. Select the video you'd like to upload.
    • You can click the up-arrow icon to open a file or drag-and-drop the video file onto the page.
  4. When the Edit details page appears, add the title and description for your video.  
  5. Set the Upload policy to associate with your video. 
    • Your default upload policy will already be selected. If you don’t have a default upload policy, Track in all countries will be selected.
    • The Upload policy drop-down list removes any policies with autoclaim criteria. Select a different policy to override your default upload policy.
  6. To allow Content ID matches for this video, select the Turn On Content ID matching checkbox and select a Match policy from the drop-down list. 
    • These controls don’t appear if you’re not registered for Content ID.
  7. Set the Ownership for your video.
    • If you have global ownership of your video, select Global (this is the default option).
    • If you own the rights to your video in specific territories, select Specific territories.
      • If you own the rights to your video in a few territories, select Own in selected territories, then enter the territories where you own the rights to your video. 


        If you own the rights to your video in many territories, select Own everywhere except selected territories then enter the territories where you don’t own the rights to your video.
      • You can also select Block video outside your territories of ownership if you would like to block your video outside of the territories where you have ownership. 
      • If there are other owners of the video, this will block the video in territories of all other owners except the uploader. 
    • Once your territories of ownership are saved, changes can be made from the Assets page in the Content Manager.
  8. Set the Asset information for your video.
    • Specify the Asset type to create for this video.
  9. Click Save changes.

Note: You can’t change the Asset type once you click Save changes.

If the video's Privacy setting is Public, YouTube publishes your video once you click Save changes and the file is done processing. If you want to review your video before it's published, set the video's Privacy setting to Private, Unlisted, or Scheduled.
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