What is a manual claim?

A manual claim is sent to you when a copyright owner identifies their content has been used without their permission. Copyright owners use the Manual Claiming tool to claim your video, which sends you a manual claim.

Note: A manual claim is different from an automated Content ID claim. A Content ID claim is generated when an uploaded video matches another video (or part of another video) in our Content ID system.

The Manual Claiming tool is used by copyright owners who demonstrate advanced knowledge of our Content ID system. The tool gives copyright owners a way to manually claim videos not matched by the Content ID system. Manual claims must include accurate timestamps to show exactly where the claimed content is in your video.

Copyright owners can’t use the Manual Claiming tool for any other purpose. Improperly claiming content they don't own the rights to can result in penalties including legal liability and partnership termination.

How do I know if my video has a manual claim?

When a copyright owner claims your video, you’ll get an email from YouTube. To find more details about the claims on your videos:

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. From the left menu, select Content.
  3. In the Restrictions column, if a video has a claim on it, it will be labeled Copyright claim.
  4. Hover over Copyright claim and click SEE DETAILS to get more info about the claim.
  5. Click the Down arrow Minimize to expand the claim details. Under the video player, it will say “Content manually identified by claimant” if it’s a manual claim.
  6. Under the Content found during section, click the timestamp to play the segment the copyright owner claimed.

Note: Claimants who repeatedly select inaccurate timestamps may have their access to manual claiming revoked or, if applicable, have their partnership terminated. If you believe the timestamps claimed in your video are inaccurate, you can get in touch with Support about the claim.

You can also filter to get a list of videos that have claims on them by clicking Filter  and then Copyright claims.

What can I do if my video has a manual claim?

Tools to Resolve Manual Content ID Claims - Copyright on YouTube

Depending on the situation, you have a few options if your video has a manual claim:

  • Do nothing: If you agree with the claim, you can leave it as is. You can also change your mind later.
  • Share revenue: If you’re in the YouTube Partner Program and claimed music is in your video, you may be able to share revenue with the music publisher. Learn more.
  • Dispute the claim: If you believe the claim made on your video is incorrect, you can dispute it. Learn how to dispute a Content ID claim.

If you dispute a claim without a valid reason, the content owner may request a take down of your video. If we get a valid takedown request for your video, your account will get a copyright strike. Learn more about copyright strikes.

You can also remove claimed content without having to upload a new video. If done successfully, any of the options below will automatically release the associated claim:
  • Trim out a segment: You can remove just the claimed segment from your video in YouTube Studio. Learn how to trim out a segment.
  • Replace the song (audio claims only): If the music in your video is claimed, you may be able to replace your audio track with free-to-use music from the YouTube Audio Library. Learn how to replace a song.
  • Mute a song (audio claims only): This option lets you mute the claimed song in your video. You can choose whether to mute just the song or all audio in the video. Learn how to mute a song.
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