- Block a video from being viewed
- Monetize the video by running ads on it, sometimes sharing revenue with the uploader
- Track the video’s viewership statistics
Any of these actions can be geography-specific. For example, a video with a Content ID claim can be monetized in one country/region and blocked or tracked in a different country/region.
- When a claimed video is tracked or monetized, it stays viewable on YouTube with the active Content ID claim on it. Usually, copyright owners choose to track or monetize videos, not block them.
- Content ID claims are different from copyright removal requests and copyright strikes.
- Content ID claims affect videos, but usually don't impact your channel or account.
In this video, learn how to check if your video has a Content ID claim and how you can respond:
YouTube will email you if your video gets a Content ID claim. You can also use YouTube Studio:
- Sign in to YouTube Studio.
- From the left menu, select Content .
- Click the filter bar Copyright.
- Find the video you're interested in.
- In the Restrictions column, hover over Copyright.
- Copyright: Video has a Content ID claim.
- Copyright – Takedown: Video is affected by a copyright removal request, also known as a "takedown".
To find out who made the Content ID claim:
- Follow the steps above to find a video with a Content ID claim.
- In the Restrictions column, click SEE DETAILS on the hover text.
- Under the Impact on the video column, hover over the row to view copyright owner info.
If you don't recognize the copyright owner, it doesn’t necessarily mean the claim is invalid. Also, if your video has a claim from "one or more music publishing rights collecting societies", you may want to learn more about collecting societies.
- You can get claims from different copyright owners for different segments of your video.
- If the content has different copyright owners in different countries/regions, you can get multiple claims on the same video or segment.
Depending on the situation, you have a few options to respond to a Content ID claim:
If you believe a claim is valid, you can remove the claimed content without having to upload a new video. If done successfully, any of these options will automatically remove the claim:
- Trim out segment: You can edit out the claimed segment from your video.
- Replace song: If the audio in your video is claimed, you may be able to replace your audio track with other audio from the YouTube Audio Library.
- Mute song: If the audio in your video is claimed, you may be able to mute the claimed audio. You can choose whether to mute just the song or all audio in the video.
If you believe a claim is invalid, you can dispute the claim if you're confident you have all the necessary rights to use the claimed content.
If you plan to dispute a claim and were monetizing your video, be sure you understand how monetization works during disputes. Keep in mind that YouTube doesn’t mediate copyright disputes.
If you dispute a claim without a valid reason, the copyright owner may request the removal of your video. If we get a valid copyright removal request for your video, your account will get a copyright strike.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
Probably not. Copyright owners are the ones who decide whether other people can reuse their copyright-protected content. They often allow their content to be used in claimed videos in exchange for running ads on those videos. Ads might play before the video or during it (if the video is longer than 8 minutes).
If copyright owners don't want their content reused, they can:
Block a video: Copyright owners may block a video, which means it won't be viewable on YouTube. The video could be blocked worldwide or just in certain countries/regions.
Restrict certain platforms: Copyright owners may restrict the apps or websites where their content appears. This doesn't change the availability of the video on YouTube.