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Copyright Claim on YouTube: How to Appeal

YouTube is the world's largest platform for video content and live-streaming. Every day YouTube faces thousands upon thousands of copyright infringement issues due to videos containing music or video content that the uploader did not have permission to use. As a result of this, YouTube created Content ID, an algorithm that can scan all videos that are uploaded to see if someone else's song or video is in them. If so, a copyright claim will be issued against the video.

If your YouTube video receives such a claim, known as a Content ID claim, you can dispute this claim. Before disputing a Content ID claim, you must have a valid reason to do so. Some of the reasons YouTube accepts include:

  • Having all the necessary rights to the content in your video

  • Using the content in a way that qualifies as a copyright exception, such as fair use (fair use is a legal exception to copyright which you can read about more in our blog, "An Overview of the DMCA" under the heading "DMCA Exceptions and Exemptions")

  • Believing your video was misidentified or an error was made.

Some reasons that are not acceptable include:

  • Giving credit to the copyright owner

  • Owning a copy of the video or song under dispute

  • Choosing not to monetize the video.

If you still believe that you have all necessary rights to the claimed content, submit a dispute by logging into YouTube Studio, heading over to the content section and finding the video with the Content ID claim. From there, fill out their simple form to submit your dispute. For more details about the Content ID dispute process and further information about appeals, read this article on YouTube Help: Dispute a Content ID Claim.


If you do not have a valid reason to submit a counterclaim, you should not submit one. Unless you have permission from the owner or rightsholder of the music (or copyright exception applies), you are not allowed to use the song. There is no way around this. The best option is to only use DMCA safe / copyright free music, so that you never receive a copyright strike or DMCA takedown in the first place.


StreemTunes is the world’s best resource for modern DMCA safe / copyright free music. StreemTunes guarantees its music is safe forever and will never issue a DMCA takedown notice or request. And best of all it is 100% free to use in all of your content. Read more about DMCA safe music in our blog post, "What is DMCA Safe or Copyright Safe Music?"


More resources and information about what to do if you receive a copyright strike or takedown notice on the most popular social media sites can be found here:


YouTube copyright strikes information


Facebook copyright appeal form


Instagram copyright information


Pinterest copyright information


Twitch DMCA and Copyright FAQs

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