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 received a copyright strike, get help with copyright strike basics instead of using this article.

Where do I see my Content ID claims?

To see if you have any Content ID claims on your videos, go to your Videos page in YouTube Studio. If there's a claim on your video, you'll see 'Copyright claim' in the Restrictions column. We may also email you when you get a Content ID claim if your video or account is affected.

You can filter to see which videos have a claim and learn more information about each claim. To do this: 

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. Go to Videos and then  and then Copyright claims.
  3. Hover over the claim in the Restrictions column and then SEE DETAILS.

Am I in trouble?

Probably not. Content ID claims usually mean that we found content that 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 that they can take:

  • Blocking a video: Sometimes, copyright owners may block your video, which means that 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 monetise a video that has a Content ID claim. Instead, the copyright owners can choose to monetise 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.
  • Trim out content: If you get a claim, you can trim out the claimed content from your video. Learn more about trimming out content.
  • 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 Programme, 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 that 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-hand menu, select Videos and find your video.
  3. In the 'Restrictions' column, hover over 'Copyright claim' and click SEE DETAILS.
  4. Click SELECT ACTIONS and then 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. A video can receive multiple Content ID claims or takedown requests, but can only receive one copyright strike at a time.

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