Requirements for counter notifications

If you're submitting a free-form copyright counter notification, it must include the required info listed below. Include this info in the body of an email (not in an attachment) to copyright@youtube.com.

Notes

  • You can also submit your counter notification via fax or postal mail.
  • If your counter notification doesn't include the required info listed below, we won't be able to proceed with your request.

1. Your contact information

We need the following info to get in touch with you, or an agent authorised to act on your behalf, about your request:

  • Full legal name (a first name and surname, not a company name)
    • If you're an uploader's authorised agent, such as a solicitor, make sure that you also include your relationship to the uploader.
  • Email address
  • Physical address
  • Telephone number

2. Specific URLs of the content in question

Your counter notification must include specific links to the content that has been taken down. Links must be sent in a specific URL format. General information such as channel name or channel URL is not adequate.

  • For videos, the valid URL format is: www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxxxxxxxxxx
  • For non-video content, such as channel banner images, find the valid URL format in the table below.
Only include the URLs that you're submitting a counter notification for. Submit separate counter notifications for URLs on more than one YouTube channel.​
Type of content Valid URL format Where to find the URL
Channel banner images

www.youtube.com/channel/UCxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

or

www.youtube.com/user/xxxxxxxxx

Go to the channel page of the channel in question.

Right-click the address bar and select Copy.

Channel descriptions www.youtube.com/user/xxxxxxxxx/about

Go to the About section of the channel in question.

Right-click the address bar and select Copy.

Playlist descriptions www.youtube.com/playlist?list=xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Click the title of the playlist in question. 

Right-click the address bar and select Copy.

Comments www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxxxxxxxxx&lc=xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Click the posted date above the comment in question. 

After the page has reloaded, right-click the address bar and select Copy.

Community posts https://www.youtube.com/post/xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Click the posted date of the community post in question. 

After the page has reloaded, right-click the address bar and select Copy.

Membership badges, emoji or creator's perk descriptions Beginning with yt3.ggpht.com/xxxxx

Right-click the image in question and select Copy image address.

Include the channel URL:

 
www.youtube.com/channel/UCxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

or

www.youtube.com/user/xxxxxxxxx

Go to the channel page of the channel in question. 

Right-click the address bar and select Copy.

Super Stickers Beginning with lh3.googleusercontent.com/xxxxx Click the dollar sign  in a live chat and select Super Sticker.

Right-click the image in question and select Copy image address.

Include the channel URL:

www.youtube.com/channel/UCxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

or

www.youtube.com/user/xxxxxxxxx

Go to the channel page of the channel in question. 

Right-click the address bar and select Copy.
 

Clips www.youtube.com/clip/xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Click the title of the clip in question.

Right-click the address bar and select Copy.

3. Agree to and include the following two statements:

'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.'

'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.'

4. Your signature

Complete and valid counter notifications require the physical or electronic signature of the uploader or agent authorised to act on their behalf.

To meet this requirement, the uploader or authorised agent can enter their full legal name as their signature at the bottom of their notification. A full legal name should be a first name and surname, not a company name.

5. Statement to the claimant

Include a statement to the claimant explaining why you believe that the removal of your video was a mistake or misidentification.

Include the info above in the body of an email (not in an attachment) to copyright@youtube.com. You can also submit your counter notification via fax or postal mail.
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