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Understanding Copyright Takedowns and Content ID on YouTube

Published: December 2, 2020

Understanding Copyright Laws for YouTubers

For every YouTuber, whether newcomer or veteran, grasping the concepts of copyright laws is vital. This includes differentiating between copyright takedown notices and Content ID claims on YouTube. Let’s explore these elements for a thorough understanding of how to protect your own work while honoring the rights of others.

Deciphering Copyright Takedown Notices

A valid legal complaint by a copyright owner concerning an uploaded video can initiate a copyright takedown notice on YouTube. The platform scrupulously weeds out baseless complaints but abides by the law and removes videos under valid claims. Moreover, offenders can get a ‘copyright strike,’ a measure by YouTube to deter repeat copyright violations.

Navigating Copyright Strikes

Should you receive a copyright strike, options include waiting 90 days for it to lapse, contacting the complainant to withdraw their claim, or filing a counter-notification. Be aware that accumulating three strikes could result in your account being terminated.

The Mechanics of Content ID Claims

Content ID claims engage an automated system that upholds copyrights for content owners. It detects and tracks usage of their material in videos, offering several responses besides issuing takedown notices.

Your Choices under Content ID Claims

Those who control rights can take one of three actions through Content ID claims:

Notably, unlike the potential account termination from multiple copyright strikes, accumulating Content ID claims does not jeopardize your channel or access to YouTube features. We urge content creators to consult our Help Center, via the link below, for comprehensive information on this topic.

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