What is a Content ID claim?

If you upload a video that contains copyright-protected material, you could end up with a Content ID claim. Companies that own music, movies, TV shows, video games, or other copyright-protected material issue these claims.

Content owners can set Content ID to block material from YouTube when a claim is made. They can also allow the video to remain live on YouTube with ads. In those cases, the advertising revenue goes to the copyright owners of the claimed content.

If you've gotten a copyright strike, get help with copyright strike basics instead of using this article.

Where do I see my Content ID claims?

To check if you have any Content ID claims on your videos, go to your Videos page in YouTube Studio. If your video or account is affected, we may also email you when you get a Content ID claim.

Creator Studio Classic instructions

To check if you have any Content ID claims on your videos, go to the copyright notices section of your Video Manager. If your video or account is affected, we may also email you when you get a Content ID claim.

Am I in trouble?

Probably not. Content ID claims usually mean that we found content someone else owns on your YouTube channel.

It’s up to the copyright owners to decide whether or not others can reuse their original material. Copyright owners often allow their content to be used in YouTube videos in exchange for having ads run on those videos. These ads may play before the video or during it (if the video is longer than 10 minutes).

If copyright owners don't want their material reused, there are some actions they can take:

  • Blocking a video: Sometimes, copyright owners may block your video, which means people can't watch it. They can decide to block your video worldwide or just in certain countries/regions.

  • Blocking certain platforms: Sometimes, copyright owners may restrict the apps or websites where their content can appear. These restrictions won’t change the availability of your video on YouTube.com.

Sometimes, you can’t monetize a video that has a Content ID claim. Instead, the copyright owners can choose to monetize your video. But in other cases, like if music is claimed in your video, you may be able to share the advertising revenue with the music’s copyright owners.

What can I do about this claim?

If you get a Content ID claim, there are a few different things you can do, depending on the situation:

  • Do nothing: If you agree with the claim, you can just move on. You can always change your mind later if you disagree with the claim.
  • Remove the music: If you get a claim for a piece of music in your video, you can try to remove the song without having to edit and upload a new video. Learn more about removing music.

  • Swap the music: If music in your video is claimed, but you still want to have music in the background, you can swap out your audio track with one of our free-to-use songs. Learn more about swapping music.

  • Share revenue: If you’re a member of our YouTube Partner Program, and you've included music in your video, you may be able to share revenue with the music's rights owner(s). Learn more  about sharing revenue.

  • Dispute the claim: If you have the required rights to use the copyright-protected content in your video, or if you think the system has somehow misidentified your video, you can dispute the claim.

How to dispute a Content ID claim

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. From the left menu, select Videos.
  3. Click the Down arrow above "Copyright claim". You'll find this next to the respective video under the Monetization column if available. Otherwise, you’ll find this option under the Visibility column.
  4. Click View copyright claim details.
  5. This will take you to the Video Copyright Info page that provides information such as what’s been claimed in your video and who claimed it.
  6. Click Dispute under SELECT ACTION.

Creator Studio Classic instructions

  1. Sign in to YouTube.
  2. Go to Creator Studio Classic and then Video Manager and then Copyright Notices.
  3. Click the link to the right of the video's Edit menu. This will take you to a page with information about what’s been claimed in your video and who claimed it.
  4. You’ll see an option to file a dispute.

If you dispute a claim without a valid reason, the content owner may choose to take down your video. If this happens, your account will get a copyright strike.

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