Use the Copyright Match Tool

The Copyright Match Tool can automatically identify videos that are matches or potential matches of other videos on YouTube. Once a match has been identified, you can review it in YouTube Studio and choose which action you'd like to take.

How it works

Coming soon for all YouTube users: The Copyright Match Tool will soon be available to any YouTube user who's submitted a valid copyright takedown request. Once your takedown request is approved, the Copyright Match Tool will start scanning YouTube uploads for potential matches to the videos reported in your takedown. We'll surface these potential matches to you so that you can decide what action to take next.

For partners in the YouTube Partner Programme (YPP), or any channel that's filled in this form and shown a need for an advanced rights management tool, the Copyright Match Tool will scan for full reuploads of your videos on other YouTube channels. The tool scans videos uploaded after yours, so it's important that you're the first one to upload the content to YouTube.

Misuse of the Copyright Match Tool may result in loss of feature access or termination of your YouTube account or partnership. Misuse includes intentional or repeated abuse of the copyright takedown process or attempted probing or reverse engineering of the match system.

Review and take action on matches

Before you review your matches, bear in mind that just because we've found a matching video, this doesn't mean that it's infringing on your copyright. It's your responsibility to review each matching video and consider whether fair use, fair dealing or a similar exception to copyright applies.

To review and take action on matches of your videos:

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. From the left-hand menu, select Copyright .
  3. Click the Matches tab.
  4. Review the matching videos. You can select a filter  to find videos by number of views (Total views) or channels by number of subscribers (Subscribers).
  5. Tick the box next to the video that you want to take action on. Choose an action to take:
    • ARCHIVE: This option removes the match from your Matches tab. The matching video itself isn't deleted or affected. Archived matches show up in your Archive tab.
    • REQUEST REMOVAL: This option opens our takedown webform so that you can submit a takedown request for the matching video. After submitting, you can track your takedowns in your Removal requests tab.
    • CONTACT CHANNEL: This option lets you send a pre-written email to the uploader of the matching video. You can find past emails that you've sent in your Messages tab.

To review and take action on potential matches of videos removed from a takedown request:

  1. Click the Removal requests tab.
  2. In the Find matches column, you can find potential matches that weren't eligible to be automatically prevented from reupload because they weren't copies.
  3. Click a row. The row expands to show more details about the video.
  4. Click VIEW MATCHES. The Matches tab opens and is filtered to show the potential matches.
  5. Tick the box next to the video that you want to take action on. Choose an action to take:
    • ARCHIVE: This option removes the match from your Matches tab. The matching video itself isn't deleted or affected. Archived matches show up in your Archive tab.
    • REQUEST REMOVAL: This option opens our takedown webform so that you can submit a takedown request for the matching video. After submitting, you can view the videos that you requested the removal of in your Removal requests tab.
    • CONTACT CHANNEL: This option lets you send a pre-written email to the uploader of the matching video. You can find past emails that you've sent in your Messages tab.
Check your Matches tab often to stay updated on new matches that the Copyright Match Tool has found. You'll also get bell notifications  on your channel page to let you know when matches are found.

FAQs

What happens if I don't want to do anything with a match?

You don't have to take action on each match. You can simply archive a match to remove it from your Matches tab. We'll only surface each match once, so if you archive it, it won't appear in your Matches tab 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 clip 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 takedown 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 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 full or nearly full 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 using our webform.

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

YouTube relies on copyright owners to tell us about unauthorised 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 why 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 the 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 number of takedown requests against a channel is considered in our enforcement policies. If you continue to come across content, you can submit a takedown request.

Can I report an entire channel?

If someone uses another individual's personal info to deceive people into thinking that 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 takedown webform to report videos that you feel infringe on your copyright.

How can I get access to the Copyright Match Tool?

Coming soon for all YouTube users: The Copyright Match Tool will soon be available to any YouTube user who has submitted a valid copyright takedown request. Once your takedown request is approved, the Copyright Match Tool will start scanning YouTube uploads for potential matches to the videos reported in your takedown. We'll surface these potential matches to you so that you can decide what action to take next.

The Copyright Match Tool is also available to any channel that's filled in this form and shown a need for an advanced rights management tool. For channels in the YouTube Partner Programme (YPP), the tool is available on the Copyright page in YouTube Studio.

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