Use the Manual Claiming Tool

These features are only available to partners who use YouTube Studio Content Manager.
The Manual Claiming Tool is a feature available in Studio Content Manager. The tool provides a way to search public YouTube videos for content that you own the rights to. You can then create a claim on the matching content and apply a policy.

Keep in mind:

  • Manual claiming is only available to partners who have demonstrated a need for the feature and an advanced working knowledge of copyright and Content ID.
  • Users of the Manual Claiming Tool must follow the requirements for its use, as outlined in the Content ID manual claiming policy.
  • If content isn't eligible for Content ID, it should not be manually claimed. Improperly claiming content 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 public YouTube 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)
      • Claimable (whether you can claim a video or not)
      • 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
Note: Some content licensed to YouTube isn’t eligible for third-party claims. In these cases, you’ll get a message in Studio Content Manager that the video you’re trying to manually claim isn’t eligible. You can still submit a copyright removal request for this content.

To claim a video using the Manual Claiming Tool:

  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 how to create an asset.
  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 removal requests

Some content licensed to YouTube isn’t eligible for third-party claims. In these cases, you’ll get a message in Studio Content Manager that the video you’re trying to manually claim isn’t eligible. You can still submit a copyright removal request for this content following the steps below.

Before you submit, make sure you understand what personal information is required in a copyright removal request.

Submit a removal request

To submit a removal request for one video:

  1. On the Manual claiming page, click a video's row to expand it.
  2. Click the Takedown tab at the top of the row.
  3. Click SELECT ASSET.
  4. 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 how to create assets.
  5. If you're selecting an existing asset, click SELECT. If you’re creating a new asset, click CREATE.
  6. In the Signature box, enter your first name and last name (not a company name).
  7. Under Acknowledgment, read the statement, then click the checkbox to acknowledge the statement.
  8. Click TAKEDOWN.

Submit multiple removal requests

You may be able to submit copyright removal requests in bulk. To request removals of more than one video associated with a single asset:

  1. On the Manual claiming page, click the checkboxes next to the videos you want to submit a removal request for.
    • You can select a maximum of 100 videos at once. To do this, at the bottom of the page, make sure Rows per page is set to 100, then click the checkbox above the search results.
  2. At the top of the page, click TAKEDOWN.
  3. Click SELECT ASSET.
  4. 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 how to create assets.
  5. If you're selecting an existing asset, click SELECT. If you’re creating a new asset, click CREATE.
  6. In the Signature box, enter your first name and last name (not a company name).
  7. Under Acknowledgment, read the statement, then click the checkbox to acknowledge the statement.
  8. Click SUBMIT.
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