Use the Manual Claiming Tool

The Manual Claiming Tool is available in Studio Content Manager. The tool lets you search through publicly available YouTube videos to find videos that include your content. You can then claim the content and apply a policy.

Be advised:

  • Manual claiming is only available to partners who have demonstrated a need for the feature and an advanced working knowledge of Content ID.
  • Anyone using the tool should be properly trained and understand best practices for using it according to Content Manager policies.
  • Improperly claiming content that you don't own can result in penalties including legal liability and termination of partnership. Learn more.

Find videos that match your assets

When you search for videos that match your assets, we’ll try to match your search terms to video titles, descriptions, tags, and other metadata. To search for videos that match your assets:

  1. Sign in to Studio Content Manager.
  2. From the left menu, select Manual claiming .
  3. In the filter bar , enter keywords, video IDs, or select a filter.
    • Use the minus symbol "-" to exclude keywords from your search.
    • You can also search by @username or channel ID to find videos from a particular uploader.
    • You can select from these filters:
      • Allowlisted (whether the video is/isn’t on your allowlist)
      • Channel ID
      • Claim status (whether it is/isn’t claim by you or others)
      • Livestream (whether the video is/isn’t a livestream)
      • Publish date
      • Reviewed (whether the claim has been reviewed)
      • Video length (<4 minutes, 4–20 minutes, or >20 minutes)
    • Once you’ve selected your filter, click APPLY to filter the search results.

  4. Click Sort by in the top-right to sort the results based on Relevance, Published date, or Total views.
    Note: At the bottom of the page, you can click the number next to Rows per page to change it from 30 (default) to 10, 50, or 100.
  5. For videos that have an active claim, the claims show at the right. You can click a row to expand it and get more info.
    • Click the play button  in the video player to view the video.
      • Note: You must watch the video to confirm whether it includes content that you own.
    • Click VIEW CLAIMED VIDEO to view the video and get more details on the claims.
    • On the right, next to “Show more:”, click From channel to find other videos from that channel or Related videos to find similar videos based on the video’s title.
Tip: To review videos faster, use keyboard shortcuts.

Claim a video that uses your content

  1. On the Manual claiming page, click a video’s row to expand it and get more info about the video.
  2. Click SELECT ASSET. A pop-up window will open.
  3. Using the tabs at the top, choose Select asset to choose an existing asset or Create asset to make a new one. Learn more about creating assets.
  4. Once you’ve selected an existing asset from the list, click SELECT or, if you’re making a new asset, click CREATE.
    • Note: New assets won't be fully created until you proceed through the remaining steps and click CLAIM.
  5. Enter the required timestamps under Start time and End time for where your content appears in the video.
    • Under the video player, you can click SET START TIME and SET END TIME to automatically populate the start time and end time.
    • Check that you have the right segment by clicking the play button  next to End time.
    • If your content appears in more than one part of the video, click ADD ADDITIONAL SEGMENT.
      • If you want to remove this segment, click Delete segment .
        As with match claims, uploaders can remove the manual timestamps with video editing tools to remove the claim. Because of this, timestamp segments must accurately represent where your content appears in the video. 
  6. Click Claim type and select whether the video matches the Audio, Video, or Audio Visual content of your asset.
  7. Click Policy and select whether the default option, Match policy of selected asset, applies to the video or choose a different policy from the list of policies.
  8. Click CLAIM or, to finish the claim later, click MARK AS REVIEWED.

Submit copyright takedown requests

Some content licensed to YouTube isn’t eligible for third-party claims. In these cases, you’ll get a message that the video you’re trying to manually claim isn’t eligible. But, you can still submit a copyright takedown request for this content.

Note: Before submitting a takedown, make sure you understand what personal info becomes a part of a copyright takedown request.

Submit a takedown

  1. On the Manual claiming page, in an expanded row, click the Takedown tab at the top of the row.
  2. Click SELECT ASSET. A pop-up window will open.
  3. Using the tabs at the top, you can choose Select asset to choose an existing asset or Create asset to make a new one. Learn more about creating assets.
  4. Once you’ve selected an existing asset from the list, click SELECT. Or, if you’re making a new asset, click CREATE.
  5. In the Signature box, enter your first name and last name (not a company name).
  6. Under Acknowledgment, read the statement, then click the checkbox to acknowledge the statement.
  7. Click TAKEDOWN.

Submit multiple takedowns

Some partners can submit takedown requests in bulk. To request takedowns of more than one video on a single asset:

  1. On the Manual claiming page, click the checkboxes next to the videos you want to submit a takedown for.
    • To select all videos on a page, click the checkbox above the search results list.
    • If you searched by video ID or video URL, we support bulk takedowns of a maximum of 100 videos. To do this, at the bottom of the page, make sure the number next to Rows per page is set to 100.
    • If you need to perform a bulk takedown of videos from a specific keyword search, you can select a maximum of 50 results.
  2. At the top of the page, click TAKEDOWN.
  3. Follow steps 3 through 6 above.
  4. Click SUBMIT.
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