Counter Notification Requirements

If you're planning to submit a free-form copyright counter notification, it must include specific elements. Please include the information below in the body of your email (not in an attachment). 

Keep in mind that we can't take action on incomplete counter notifications.

1. Your contact information

You’ll need to give us the following information that will allow us to contact you or a representative authorized to act on your behalf (such as an attorney) about your request. If you are an uploader's authorized representative, please be sure to specify your relationship to the uploader in the counter notification.

  1. Full legal name (a first and last name, not a company name)
  2. Email address
  3. Physical address
  4. Telephone number

2. Identification of the specific URL(s)

Please include the URL(s) of the exact video(s) or we'll be unable to reinstate them. The URL should be in the following format:

Your counter notification must include specific links to the material that has been removed or disabled. General information about the video, such as a channel URL or username, is not adequate.

Only include the URLs you're submitting a counter notification for.

3. You must agree to and include the following statement:

"I consent to the jurisdiction of the Federal District Court for the district in which my address is located, or if my address is outside of the United States, the judicial district in which YouTube is located, and will accept service of process from the claimant."

4. And the following statement:

"I swear, under penalty of perjury, that I have a good faith belief that the material was removed or disabled as a result of a mistake or misidentification of the material to be removed or disabled."

5. Your signature

Complete counter notifications require your physical or electronic signature, or the signature of a representative authorized to act on your behalf, such as an attorney. To satisfy this requirement, you may enter your full legal name (a first and last name, not a company name) to act as your signature at the bottom of your request.

6. Statement to the claimant

As part of your counter notification, please include a statement to the claimant explaining why you believe their removal of your video(s) was a mistake.

You may submit these requests via email, postal mail, or fax, being sure to include the requirements above.

Please submit separate counter notifications for URLs on multiple YouTube channels.​ 


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