Block videos in specific territories

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

In certain scenarios you may need to block your content from being viewable in specific regions, for example, if you own rights to a video only in certain territories, you may need to prevent viewers outside of those territories from watching the video or in some other cases you may need to block the video in territories that you own it in. Here are the various methods you can use to block your content depending on the scenario:

  1. Upload Policy:
    1. The upload policy allows you to create a partner-uploaded claim and tell YouTube what action you would like us to take with your video. You can choose to block your video in territories of your ownership. YouTube already provides a predefined policy to block worldwide or you can create a custom policy and specify in which territories you would like to block your video  A block policy can only be applied if you own the associated asset in that particular territory. Learn more about managing ownership of an asset.
  2. Block outside of your ownership: 
    1. If you own rights to a video only in certain territories, you may need to prevent viewers outside of those territories from viewing your video. Block outside of ownership allows you to apply a block policy in all territories outside of your ownership, as an upload policy cannot be applied in these territories. Do not block a video outside of your ownership if other partners have ownership on the claiming asset in the rest of the territories. If you do, the video will be blocked in the other partners' territories. Learn more.
  3. Block by country: 
    1. Block by country allows you to block your content in specific territories when you are unable to use the other two methods. For example, if you have received a third-party claim and need to block your content in specific regions, you can use block by country to do this.
Feature Use Case
Upload Policy When you want to block a video in countries where you have ownership.
Block outside of ownership When you want to block a video in countries where you don’t have ownership.
Block by country When you want to block a video in specific countries. To be used in limited scenarios: The most common use case is when you have received a third party claim but still need to ensure the video is blocked in some or all territories.
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