Learn the difference between copyright takedowns and Content ID claims

Copyright Takedowns & Content ID - Copyright on YouTube

If any copyright owner finds their copyright-protected content on YouTube without their authorization, they can submit a copyright takedown request. If the takedown is valid, the uploader’s channel gets a copyright strike.

If a copyright owner uses Content ID, which automatically scans YouTube for their copyright-protected content, a Content ID claim is applied to any content it finds.

Copyright takedowns

Copyright law requires sites like YouTube to process copyright takedown requests. A takedown must meet all the legal requirements to be valid and result in content being removed.

What happens if my content is removed because of a copyright takedown?

When your content is removed due to a copyright takedown request, a copyright strike is applied to your channel. 

Get more info on how you can resolve a copyright strike. Any of these options will clear the copyright strike from your channel.

Content ID claims

Unlike copyright takedowns, which are defined by law, Content ID is a system created by YouTube. ​​When Content ID finds a match, it applies a Content ID claim on the matching content.

What happens if my content gets a Content ID claim?

A Content ID claim results in one of the following actions, depending on the copyright owner's Content ID settings:

  • Blocks content from being viewed.
  • Monetizes content by running ads on it and sometimes sharing revenue with the uploader.
  • Tracks the viewership statistics on the content.

Keep in mind that any of these actions can be geography-specific. For example, a video can be monetized in one country/region and blocked or tracked in a different country/region.

Usually, copyright owners using Content ID choose to track or monetize content, not block it. When content is tracked or monetized, it stays viewable on YouTube, even with an active Content ID claim on it. 

Get more info on how you can respond to a Content ID claim.
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