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Copyright Infringement on Facebook / Meta: How to Appeal

So you've received a copyright or intellectual property infringement notice on Facebook or Meta... what now?

If you receive a copyright or intellectual property infringement notice or had your content removed from Facebook, it means that the content you uploaded contains someone else’s intellectual property (such as music or video). Facebook / Meta will email you with details regarding the infringement and will provide instructions to you, outlining how to request a retraction, submit a counter-notification or otherwise appeal the infringement notice.

Each time you infringe upon someone's intellectual property, you receive a strike against your account. According to Facebook / Meta's Repeat Intellectual Property Infringer Policy, repeated infringement can lead to loss of your account and the page or groups in which the infringing videos were posted.

Due to this policy, it is important to take these infringement notices seriously. If you have received one in error, you should immediately inform the party who initiated the infringement notice and have them retract their request. If it is an actual DMCA takedown notice you received, you can appeal it via a DMCA counter-notification. Further information on how to do so can be found here.

It is always recommended that you take action to resolve any copyright issue immediately, so that it doesn't remain as a strike on your account. Simply deleting the video is not enough. Without a retraction or successful counter-notification, the strike will remain on your account.

Some valid reasons for submitting a counterclaim include:

  1. You have permission to use the music from the owner / rightsholder of the music

  2. You are the owner of the music and someone else wrongly / illegally submitted a copyright claim against your video

  3. The music is in the public domain (usually 50-75 years after the death of the songwriter the song enters the public domain)

  4. "Fair use" (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")

  5. The music was misidentified as some other song.

However, 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.

To avoid these strikes in the first place, we recommend that you only use DMCA safe sources of music for your content, such as StreemTunes. StreemTunes is and always will be free to use and 100% DMCA safe for streamers and content creators. StreemTunes will never issue a copyright notice or takedown. To get started with StreemTunes, simply search for the artist StreemTunes on any music streaming service (Spotify, Apple, Youtube, Amazon, Deezer, Tidal, etc…) and start streaming! That is all there is to it. You can view StreemTunes’ specially curated playlists (many different genres available) for streamers and content creators here.

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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