What is a scheduled copyright takedown request?

If a copyright owner has identified that you have posted their copyright-protected work on YouTube without authorisation, they may decide to schedule a takedown request for your video. If the copyright owner issues a delayed copyright takedown request, you'll have seven days before the takedown request goes into effect and the targeted content is removed.

During this seven-day period, there are a few different things that you can do:

  • Do nothing. You can wait for the takedown request to take effect in seven days. At that point, the video will be removed and a copyright strike will be applied to your account.
  • Delete your video. If you remove your video before seven days are up, your video will be off the site, but your channel won't get a copyright strike.
  • Reach out to the content owner who requested the removal of your video. Learn more about retractions of copyright infringement claims.
  • If the delayed takedown request was a result of your appeal of a Content ID claim, you can cancel your appeal within seven days, which prevents the takedown and keeps the claim active on your video. Learn more about disputing a Content ID claim.

After seven days, when YouTube removes the video, your channel will receive a copyright strike. Deleting the video at that point will not resolve the strike. Strikes expire after 90 days, as long as you complete Copyright School, but your video won't be reinstated after the strike expires.

At this point, you may also choose to submit a counter notification if you believe that your video was mistakenly removed because it was misidentified as infringing, or qualifies as fair use. Learn more about copyright strikes.

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