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Troubleshoot video takedowns

This content is for help with videos that have been removed from YouTube. If you need help taking down a video, learn how to delete your own videos or flag inappropriate content.

If you see the "Video removed" message next to one of your uploaded videos, it means the video has been found to violate one of our policies and has been taken off of YouTube. Click a section below to learn what you can do to resolve the issue. 

Reasons for removal & what you can do

Inappropriate content

If you see the "Video removed: Inappropriate content" message next to one of your uploaded videos, it means the video in question has been found to violate our Community Guidelines.

How to resolve the issue

Terms of Service violation

If you see the "Video removed: Terms of Use violation" message next to one of your videos, the video may have been rejected due to a Terms of Use or copyright violation. Review our Terms of Service and these copyright basics for more information.

Includes copyrighted content

If you see the below messages next to one of your videos, that means a content owner claimed content in your video using YouTube’s Content ID system:

  • Includes copyrighted content
  • Muted due to copyrighted content
  • Blocked worldwide
  • Blocked in some countries

Select the text that appears next to your video. This will take you to a page with more details about the copyright claim affecting your video. Under "Copyright Details," you can see information about the material that was identified in your video. 

Learn what Content ID claims are and how they affect your video.

Video taken down

Your video was removed from YouTube because a copyright owner sent us a complete legal request to take it down. You also received a copyright strike. Learn how copyright strikes can affect your account

There are three ways to resolve your copyright strike. Deleting a video with a strike won’t resolve your strike.

Trademark issue

If you see the "Video removed - trademark issue" message next to one of your uploaded videos, it means the video in question has been found to violate our trademark policy.

Review our trademark policies to be sure you understand what content is acceptable to upload to YouTube and to avoid having additional content removed from the site.

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