Copyright Match Tool

The Copyright Match Tool finds full reuploads of your original videos on other YouTube channels. Once a match has been identified, you can review it in YouTube Studio and choose which action you’d like to take.

It’s important that you're the first to upload the content to YouTube (with public, private, or unlisted visibility). We scan videos that are uploaded after yours to look for a match. We use the video upload time to decide who should see matches. Be sure to check back regularly to keep an eye on any new matches we’ve found.

It's important to use the Copyright Match Tool responsibly. Misuse, including:

  • Intentional or repeated abuse of the copyright removal process or
  • attempted probing or reverse engineering of the match system

may result in loss of feature access or termination of your YouTube partnership. Just because we’ve found an upload that matches your video doesn’t guarantee its copyright infringement. It's your responsibility to review each video and consider whether fair use, fair dealing, or a similar exception to copyright applies. After review, you can submit a takedown request if desired.

Review matches in the Copyright Match Tool

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. From the left Menu, click Copyright.
  3. On the Matches tab, review matching videos and take your desired action:
    • Archive: To archive a match, select Move to archive . This action does not impact the matched video. You can choose to take a different action on the video later by visiting the Archive tab.
    • Message the channel: To send a pre-written email to the channel that uploaded the matched video, click Contact channel . Keep track of who you’ve contacted on the Messages tab.
    • Request removal: To submit a legal request for YouTube to remove the matched video from the site, click Request video removal . Enter details and click SUBMIT. After submitting, monitor the Removal requests tab as well as your email for updates.


What happens if I don’t want to take any action on a match?

You don’t have to take action on a match. You can archive a match to remove it from your Matches tab. We’ll only send each match once, so you won’t see those videos again.

I found a video on YouTube that matches my content but wasn’t in my Matches tab. Why wasn’t it caught?

The Copyright Match Tool is meant to find full or nearly-full matches to your videos. If someone used a short snippet of your video, it may not be surfaced. If you know of a reupload of one of your videos that you’d like removed, you can always report it via the copyright webform.

Why aren’t all of my videos eligible for matching?

There are a few reasons why we might not scan for matches to one of your uploads:
  • You weren’t the first person to upload the video to YouTube
  • The video is already protected by Content ID
  • The video has a Content ID claim on it

I’m a musician. Can I use this tool to find reuploads of my songs?

The Copyright Match Tool is intended to find identical or nearly identical matches to your videos on YouTube and surface them to you for review. The Copyright Match Tool can find reuploads where the audio may be replaced or dubbed.
If someone used a portion of your video (just the audio, for example), it will not be surfaced in the tool. If you know of a reupload of your content that you’d like removed, you can always report it via the copyright webform.

Why don’t you take down my matching videos automatically?

YouTube relies on copyright owners to notify us of unauthorized uses of their content. We can only tell who uploaded a video first, not who owns it or has permission to upload it.
Many creators give other channels permission to reupload their videos. Sometimes, creators will reach a licensing agreement after the reupload, or collaborate on videos and upload copies to several channels.
In addition, not every use of your content may be infringing on your copyright. Fair use and public domain are a few examples of reasons a reupload of your content may be valid.
To balance the rights of uploaders with the rights of original copyright owners, the Copyright Match Tool tries to give creators info about reuploads. Then, after they carefully review the match, the Copyright Match Tool allows them to decide what they want to do.

I’ve requested removal of several videos on a channel. Why hasn’t it been terminated?

We have numerous safeguards in place against abuse of the copyright takedown process. Our system makes sure that channels have an opportunity to address copyright strikes before being terminated.
If you submit numerous takedown requests against a channel that is still live, then it's likely that one of those mechanisms is in effect. The volume of takedown requests against a channel is considered in our enforcement policies, so continue to report any content that you come across that you believe infringes on your copyright. 

Can I report an entire channel?

If someone uses another individual's personal info to deceive people into thinking they're someone else on YouTube, we consider that impersonation.
If you feel that you're being impersonated, report it using our impersonation webform. If those criteria don’t apply, you can use our copyright complaint webform to report videos you feel infringe on your copyright.

How can I get access to the Copyright Match Tool?

The Copyright Match Tool is available for channels who have filled out this form and shown a need for a scaled rights management tool. For channels in the YouTube Partner Program (YPP), it’s automatically available on the Copyright page in YouTube Studio.
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