What is a Content ID claim?

If you upload a video that contains copyright-protected material, you could end up with a Content ID claim. Companies that own music, movies, TV shows, video games, or other copyright-protected material issue these claims.

Content owners can set Content ID to block material from YouTube when a claim is made. They can also allow the video to remain live on YouTube with ads. In those cases, the advertising revenue goes to the copyright owners of the claimed content.

If you've gotten a copyright strike, get help with copyright strike basics instead of using this article.

Where do I see my Content ID claims?

To see if you have any Content ID claims on your videos, go to your Videos page in YouTube Studio. If there’s a claim on your video, you’ll see “Copyright claim” in the Restrictions column. We may also email you when you get a Content ID claim, if your video or account is affected.

You can filter to see which videos have a claim and learn more about each claim:

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. From the left Menu, click Videos.
  3. Filter  for Copyright claims.
  4. Hover over “Copyright claim” in the Restrictions column and click SEE DETAILS.

Am I in trouble?

Probably not. Content ID claims usually mean that we found content someone else owns on your YouTube channel.

It’s up to the copyright owners to decide if others can reuse their original material. Copyright owners often allow their content to be used in YouTube videos in exchange for having ads run on those videos. These ads may play before the video or during it (if the video is longer than 8 minutes).

If copyright owners don't want their material reused, there are some actions they can take:

  • Blocking a video: Sometimes, copyright owners may block your video, which means people can't watch it. They can decide to block your video worldwide or just in certain countries/regions.

  • Blocking certain platforms: Sometimes, copyright owners may restrict the apps or websites where their content can appear. These restrictions won’t change the availability of your video on YouTube.com.

Sometimes, you can’t monetize a video that has a Content ID claim. Instead, the copyright owners can choose to monetize your video. But in other cases, like if music is claimed in your video, you may be able to share the advertising revenue with the music’s copyright owners.

What can I do about this claim?

If you get a Content ID claim, there are a few different actions you can take, depending on the situation:

  • Do nothing: If you agree with the claim, you can leave it. You can always change your mind later.
  • Trim out content: If you get a claim, you can trim out the claimed content from your video. Learn more about trimming out content.
  • Remove the music: If the music in your video is claimed, you may be able to remove it from your video in YouTube Studio. Learn more about removing music.
  • Swap the music: If music in your video is claimed, you may be able to swap out the audio track with music from our Audio Library. Learn more about swapping music.
  • Share revenue: If you’re a member of our YouTube Partner Program, you may be able to share revenue with the music's rights owner(s). Learn more about sharing revenue.
  • Dispute the claim: If you think a mistake was made, or you have the rights to the claimed content in your video, you can dispute the claim.

How to dispute a Content ID claim

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. From the left Menu, click Videos.
  3. Filter  for Copyright claims.
  4. Hover over “Copyright claim” in the Restrictions column and click SEE DETAILS.

If you dispute a claim without a valid reason, the content owner may choose to take down your video. If we receive a takedown request for your video, your account will get a copyright strike. A video can get multiple Content ID claims or takedown requests, but can only get one copyright strike at a time.

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