Learn about Content ID claims

A Content ID claim is automatically generated when an uploaded video matches another video (or segment of a video) in YouTube's Content ID system. Depending on the copyright owner's Content ID settings, Content ID claims can:
  • Block a video from being viewed
  • Monetise the video by running ads on it, sometimes sharing revenue with the uploader
  • Track the video's viewership statistics

Any of these actions can be geography-specific. For example, a video with a Content ID claim can be monetised in one country/region and blocked or tracked in a different country/region.

Bear in mind:
  • When a claimed video is tracked or monetised, it stays viewable on YouTube with the active Content ID claim on it. Usually, copyright owners choose to track or monetise videos, not block them.
  • Content ID claims are different from copyright removal requests and copyright strikes.
  • Content ID claims affect videos, but usually don't impact your channel or account.

In this video, learn how to check if your video has a Content ID claim and how you can respond:

Check if your video has a Content ID claim

YouTube will email you if your video gets a Content ID claim. You can also use YouTube Studio:

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. From the left-hand menu, select Content .
  3. Click the filter bar ""and then Copyright.
  4. Find the video that you're interested in.
  5. In the Restrictions column, hover over Copyright.
    • Copyright: Video has a Content ID claim.
    • Copyright – Takedown: Video is affected by a copyright removal request, also known as a 'takedown'.
For more info, click SEE DETAILS on the hover text to open the Video copyright details page.

See who claimed your video

To find out who made the Content ID claim:

  1. Follow the steps above to find a video with a Content ID claim.
  2. In the Restrictions column, click SEE DETAILS on the hover text.
  3. Under the Impact on the video column, hover over the row to view copyright owner info.

If you don't recognise the copyright owner, it doesn't necessarily mean that the claim is invalid. Also, if your video has a claim from 'one or more music publishing rights collecting societies', you may want to learn more about collecting societies.

Bear in mind:
  • You can get claims from different copyright owners for different segments of your video.
  • If the content has different copyright owners in different countries/regions, you can get multiple claims on the same video or segment.

Manage Content ID claims

Depending on the situation, you have a few options to respond to a Content ID claim:

  • Leave it as is: If you believe that a claim is valid, you can do nothing and leave the claim on your video. You can also change your mind later.

  • Remove the claimed content: If you believe that a claim is valid, you can remove the claimed content without having to upload a new video. If done successfully, any of these options will automatically remove the claim:

    • Trim out segment: You can edit out the claimed segment from your video.
    • Replace song: If the audio in your video is claimed, you may be able to replace your audio track with other audio from the YouTube Audio Library.
    • Mute song: If the audio in your video is claimed, you may be able to mute the claimed audio. You can choose whether to mute just the song or all audio in the video.
  • Share revenue: If you're in the YouTube Partner Programme and the music in your video is claimed, you may be able to share revenue with the music publisher.
  • Dispute the claim: If you believe that a claim is invalid, you can dispute the claim if you're confident that you have all the necessary rights to use the claimed content.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Am I in trouble if my video has a Content ID claim?

Probably not. Copyright owners are the ones who decide whether other people can reuse their copyright-protected content. They often allow their content to be used in claimed videos in exchange for running ads on those videos. Ads might play before the video or during it (if the video is longer than eight minutes).

If copyright owners don't want their content reused, they can:

  • Block a video: Copyright owners may block a video, which means it won't be viewable on YouTube. The video could be blocked worldwide or just in certain countries/regions.

  • Restrict certain platforms: Copyright owners may restrict the apps or websites where their content appears. This doesn't change the availability of the video on YouTube.

What can I do if a Content ID claim is wrong?
If you believe that a claim is invalid, you can dispute the claim if you're confident that you have all the necessary rights to use the claimed content.
Bear in mind that if you dispute a claim without a valid reason, the copyright owner may request a removal of your video. If the copyright removal request is valid, a copyright strike is applied to your channel.
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