Copyright Claim Meaning on YouTube: If you publish a video on YouTube that contains copyrighted content, you can get a copyright claim. Continue reading to learn everything you need to know about a copyright claim on YouTube.
The Relationship of Copyright Claims and YouTube
Copyright claims are also known as Content ID claims. They are auto-generated claims when an already uploaded video matches another video or a part of another video in YouTubes Content ID system.
The owners of the copyrighted material can set Content ID to restrict uploaded videos that match a copyrighted image, video, audio, or work they have the rights to. Moreover, they can even let the claimed video stay on YouTube and run it with advertisements. In such cases, the ad revenue will go to the copyright owners of the claimed video.
What Happens If You Get a Copyright Claim?
Well, you won’t be in too much trouble if you get a copyright claim. These claims generally mean that YouTube discovered content on your channel that is owned by someone else.
Copyright owners determine whether others can reuse their copyrighted material. They typically allow the content to be used in YouTube videos in return for running advertisements on the video. Advertisements might play at the start of the video or somewhere in between.
In case copyright owners do not want others to reuse their content, they can:
- Block Your Video: The copyright owners can block the video you upload. This means other people cannot view it. Your video can either be blocked globally or only in specific regions/countries.
- Limit Specific Platforms: The copyright owners can limit the websites or applications where the content appears. Such restrictions aren’t going to change the video’s availability on YouTube.
What to Do If Your Video Gets a Copyright Claim
You have a couple of options to go with if you get a copyright claim depending on whether you think it’s valid or invalid.
You Believe the Copyright Claim is Valid
If you feel a claim is correct, you may opt to ignore it and do nothing. However, you can even get rid of the claimed content without creating or uploading an entirely new video. If done properly, any of these three options will automatically release the claim:
- Cut Out the Segment: This will only eliminate the claimed part from your video.
- Use a Different Song (only applicable for audio claims): If the audio in your video is claimed, you can replace the song with royalty-free or copyright-free music.
- Mute the Audio (only applicable for audio claims): If the audio in your video is claimed, you can simply mute it.
- Split the Revenue: If you are part of the YouTube Partner Program and the audio in your audio is copyright-claimed, you can split and share the revenue generated with the music publisher.
You Believe the Copyright Claim is Invalid
If you think a copyright claim is not valid, you can simply dispute it. For more details on how to dispute copyright claims, click here.
Copyright Takedowns vs. Copyright Claims
When you get a copyright claim, your video will stay live. However, the owner of the copyrighted material can earn ad revenue from it or can limit viewing of the video to particular countries.
On the other hand, a copyright strike means the owner of the content you are using isn’t playing around. If you get a copyright strike, it means:
- The copyright owner is asserting their rights and can get your YouTube video taken down.
- You cannot monetize your video.
- If you get a copyright strike on a live stream, you will lose streaming rights for 90 days.
- YouTube can close your channel if you get three copyright strikes.
Unfortunately, the consequences are not going to end there. In some extreme situations, you can find yourself in legal trouble and might need to defend yourself in court.
Do Copyright Claims Affect Your Overall Performance?
Fortunately, copyright claims won’t take down your entire YouTube channel, but your video can lose some views. Nevertheless, there are several ways to release the copyright claim, as discussed above.
Last Few Words
We hope this guide helped you gain a comprehensive insight into copyright claims on YouTube. To steer clear of copyright claims, always make sure to use original content and music in your videos!