Manual claiming in Studio Content Manager

The features described in this article are available only to partners who use YouTube's Content ID matching system.

The manual claiming tool enables you to search through publicly available YouTube videos to find videos that include your content. You can claim the content and apply a policy.

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 the System Usage Guidelines and Policies for Content ID. Improperly claiming content that you don't own can result in penalties including legal liability and termination of partnership. Learn more.

To search for videos that match your assets:

  1. Navigate to the Manual claiming left navigation section of Studio Content Manager.
  2. Enter search criteria in the search box.
    • You can enter keywords in the search box, which YouTube will try to match to video titles, descriptions, tags and other metadata.
    • Use the '-' symbol to exclude keywords from your search.
    • Entering username or channel ID in Channel filter will surface videos from a specific uploader.
    • You can also apply filters based on other criteria, such as the length of the video, its claim status, date published and more.
  3. Videos matching your search criteria appear in the results list.
    • For videos that have an active claim, the claim(s) are shown at the right end of the row.
  4. Choose how to sort the search results.
    • Use the Sort by drop-down menu in the top right-hand corner to sort the results based on Relevance, Published date or Lifetime views.
  5. Click on a row in the video results list to expand and see more details.
  6. Click the play button in the video player to view the video.
    • You must watch the video to confirm whether it includes content that you own.

To claim a video that includes your content:

  1. In the Asset for claim section, select your asset that should be claimed against the video.
  2. Enter required timestamps by adding the Start time and End time for where your content appears in the video.
    • You can use the 'set start time' and 'set end time' buttons under the player to auto-populate the time from the player.
    • Play the timestamp segment using the play button to the right of the selected segment.
    • Add additional segment(s) if your content appears in more than one part of the video.
    • As with match claims, uploaders will be able to remove the manual timestamp portions with video editing tools to remove the claim, so timestamp segments must accurately represent where your content appears in the video.
  3. Specify the Claim type to indicate whether the video matches the Audio, Video or Audio Visual content of your asset.
  4. The selected asset's Match policy is selected by default. You can choose a different policy to apply to the video from the Match policy drop-down list.
  5. Click Claim.

Click Show more: From channel to search for other videos from the user who uploaded the current video or Related videos to review the recommended videos that YouTube displays on the YouTube watch page for the current video.

Certain content licensed to YouTube is not available for third-party claims. In such cases you will see a message that the video is not eligible for claims. You may still issue a takedown. Learn more.

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