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Remove MCN access from your channel

If you're an affiliate creator and you believe your contract with your MCN allows you to do so, you can initiate the process to remove MCN access from your channel.

Process to remove access

Between December 2016 and July 2017, we're rolling out an update that will give creators more flexibility and control in determining who has access to manage their revenue, content, and data on YouTube. Follow the instructions based on what feature your account has access to:

  1. Sign in to your channel.
  2. Go to Creator Studio > Channel > Status and Features.
  3. Click Remove access (this button was previously named "Request to unlink").
  4. You'll see a pop-up screen with instructions based on what feature you have access to:​
    • If you have access to the new feature: You'll see a pop-up screen indicating that MCN access will be removed within 30 days or less.
    • If you don't have access to the new feature yet: You'll see a pop-up screen indicating that your request will be reviewed by your MCN — it'll be accepted or denied within 30 days. (This is how the process has been working to date under the "Request to unlink" button.)
Important: If you leave an MCN, you need to set up monetization and link your account to AdSense to continue to earn money and get paid.
All affiliate channels will have access to this new feature by July 31, 2017.

YouTube has worked with our MCN partners to develop the right approach and timeline for this roll-out. The determination of when affiliate creators get access to this new feature during the roll-out period is being made by their MCN. We want to provide ample time for all parties to communicate this feature update to their partnered creators.

What happens when I click to remove my MCN’s access but my contract hasn't expired?

Before clicking to remove access, you should review your contract terms with your MCN. If you're still under contract with your MCN, removing access may not release you from any legal obligations, and doing so may put you in violation of your contract. Affiliate channels that are unsure what those obligations are may wish to discuss it with their MCN or their own legal counsel.

Why is YouTube making this change?

As a platform, YouTube has no visibility into contractual arrangements a creator may have with any third party. Our role is to provide tools enabling third-party access to creator accounts as approved by those creators; we do not manage contractual relationships between MCNs and their affiliates. This feature update provides more flexibility to creators in determining who has access to manage their revenue, content, and data on YouTube.

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