YouTube terms

Copyright Strike

A penalty for uploading copyrighted material without permission.

What is a copyright strike in YouTube?

A copyright strike in YouTube is a legal tool that copyright owners can use if they believe their copyrighted material has been used on YouTube without their permission. When a copyright owner formally notifies YouTube about the unauthorized use of their content, YouTube responds by removing the infringing content and issuing a copyright strike against the channel that uploaded it.

If a YouTube channel receives a copyright strike, it means that the channel violated YouTube's copyright policies. As a result, the channel may lose access to certain features and benefits. If a channel receives three copyright strikes, YouTube will terminate the channel, remove all its videos, and prohibit the channel owner from creating a new channel. It's important to note that copyright strikes can be resolved by going through a process called "counter-notification" if the uploader believes they have a legal right to use the content.

How does a copyright strike affect my YouTube channel?

A copyright strike can have significant impacts on your YouTube channel. When you receive a copyright strike, it means that a copyright owner has issued a complete legal request asking YouTube to take down your video because you've used their content without permission. This is not just a claim, but a legal action that could potentially lead to a court case if not addressed.

Upon receiving a copyright strike, your video is immediately removed from YouTube. You also lose access to certain features and privileges, such as the ability to monetize your videos, live stream, or upload longer videos. If you receive three copyright strikes, your YouTube channel will be terminated, all your videos will be removed, and you won't be able to create any new channels. Therefore, it's crucial to respect copyright laws and only use content that you have permission to use.

How can I remove a copyright strike from my YouTube account?

Removing a copyright strike from your YouTube account involves a few steps. First, you can contact the person who claimed your video and ask them to retract their claim of copyright infringement. If they agree, they will need to contact YouTube directly to retract their claim. You can find their email in the copyright infringement notification email you received from YouTube.

If the claimant does not agree to retract their claim, you can submit a counter-notification if you believe your video was mistakenly removed because it was misidentified as infringing, or because it constitutes fair use. YouTube provides a form for this process. However, this can lead to legal proceedings, so it's recommended to seek legal advice before proceeding. Lastly, you can also complete YouTube's Copyright School, which is a tutorial about copyright rules. After completion, some strikes may be removed. However, this is at YouTube's discretion.

What happens if I get multiple copyright strikes on YouTube?

If you receive multiple copyright strikes on YouTube, it can lead to serious consequences. If you get one copyright strike, that's considered a warning. However, if you receive three copyright strikes, your YouTube account, along with any associated channels, is subject to termination. All the videos uploaded to your account will be removed, and you won't be able to create new channels.

In addition to this, after the first strike, you will be required to go through Copyright School, which is a short educational program about copyright rules and regulations on YouTube. Each strike expires after 90 days, but receiving multiple strikes indicates a pattern of behavior that YouTube takes very seriously. It's important to respect copyright laws to avoid these penalties.

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