Other legal issues

Legal Complaints and Court Orders

If you feel that certain content on the site violates your rights or applicable laws, you may submit a legal complaint under our trademark, defamation, counterfeit, or other legal complaint flows. If you have a court order against an uploader, you may attach a copy of the court order in response to the autoreply you get after you file the appropriate legal complaint. Each court order is examined and evaluated on a set of regional and global criteria.

Keep in mind that you also have other resources to bring content to our attention. For example, if you feel the content does not comply with our community guidelines, please flag it. Also, consider whether the video meets the standards for removal under our privacy or harassment policy before filing a legal complaint.

Circumvention of Technological Measures

When we say circumvention of technological measures, we’re referring to tools that allow users to evade a software’s licensing protocol. This can mean serial numbers, keygens, passwords, and other methods to hack software or games.

What is the difference between CTM and copyright?

CTM is a tool that will give users the means to access software. Copyright is concerned with the depiction of the software or the means to acquire it. If the software’s interface is in the video, or there's a download link to the software in the video or video description, you may wish to file a copyright takedown notice.

A CTM claim is appropriate when the infringed material isn’t present in the video (or directly linked to), but the video offers a way for users to access it illegitimately.

If you believe you have a valid CTM claim, please fill out our webform.

Submit a Circumvention of Technological Measures complaint


If you've gotten a notice informing you that your video is in violation of the Communications and Video Accessibility Act,  you may have uploaded content that was originally shown on TV with captions. The Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) requires that all pre-recorded video programming that is captioned on TV is also captioned on the internet. If you believe you're exempt from the CVAA requirement, you may select a  certification for your content.

If you believe a video is required by the CVAA to contain captions, but the uploader has not made captions available, please submit a request via  webform.

Terrorist Content Online Regulation (“TCO”)

If you find content that you think violates our Community Guidelines and want to submit it for review, report the content. To learn more about YouTube’s policies, you can read our Community Guidelines. You can also report content if you believe it should be removed for legal reasons.

If you’re a designated government competent authority, you can contact YouTube to learn how to get in touch with the Point of Contact for removal orders under Article 3 TCO. For this purpose, Google accepts communications in English.

For more information about the EU Terrorist Content Online Regulation (EU 2021/784), read the official EU Regulation text.

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