Contact information in copyright takedown requests

Certain personal information is required when you submit a copyright takedown request through our webform.

How your information is used

  • If a video is removed for copyright infringement, the name of the copyright owner will be visible on YouTube in place of the video.
    • If you give us a valid legal alternative, such as the name of a company or authorized representative, we'll review and apply it if appropriate.
    • The copyright owner name you enter will become part of the public record of your request. Learn more about the public record of your takedown request.
  • Your full legal name is required to complete a takedown request. It may be shared with the uploader of the video removed for copyright infringement.
  • The primary email address from your takedown request may be shared with the uploader of the video removed for copyright infringement. The uploader might get in touch with you to resolve their copyright strike.
  • Your physical address and phone number will remain confidential unless requested as part of a lawsuit. If YouTube is required to share any information, we’ll notify you before doing so.

Public Record

The uploader of the infringing video can request a copy of your takedown request. The info shown in this public record includes:

  • Name of copyright owner
  • Primary email address
  • Secondary email address (an optional field in the webform)
  • Your full legal name
  • Your description of the allegedly infringing work
  • Your responses to YouTube's requests for more information. YouTube will request more information if your initial takedown request is incomplete or appears invalid.

Concerns about sharing contact information

If you're concerned someone is harassing you on YouTube, you might want to learn more about reporting harassment and cyberbullying instead of copyright infringement.

Although concerns about harassment and copyright infringement sometimes overlap, the copyright takedown process may not be the best option in these cases. You also might want to learn more about copyright exceptions like fair use before submitting a copyright takedown request.

Keep in mind that a legal representative can also send a copyright takedown request on behalf of a copyright owner. If you're a legal representative, make sure you're using your own YouTube account to fill out the webform. Also be sure to specify your relationship to the copyright owner in the takedown request.

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