If you create YouTube videos, someone is going to steal them and try to pass them off as their own. It’s an unfortunate part of the platform but luckily YouTube gives you a way to stop that theft. This tutorial shows you how to file a copyright claim on YouTube to remove a video you own.

How To File A Copyright Claim On YouTube

This video shows how to file a copyright claim on YouTube when someone steals and uploads your video. This removes the video from YouTube and helps prevent future copies from being uploaded too.

how to remove videos with youtube copyright claim

Here are the steps to file a YouTube copyright claim:

  1. Login in to your YouTube account
  2. Navigate to your YouTube studio dashboard
  3. Click “Copyright” in the left menu
  4. Select “Removal requests” from the top menu
  5. Click “New Removal Request” link at the top right
  6. Click “+ Add A Video” blue button
  7. Fill in the info for your video and the infringing video
  8. Click the “Add to List” button
  9. Fill out the personal information under the “Copyright owner” section
  10. Choose the removal option you want (7 day notice or immediate)
  11. Click the “Prevent copies of these videos from appearing on YouTube going forward” button
  12. Click the checkbox certifying you have the rights to your content
  13. Under the “Legal agreements” section click all the checkboxes
  14. Type in your legal name under signature
  15. Click the blue “Submit” button at the top

That’s it! You can skip the first few steps if YouTube has already found the infringing video through their systems. It will fill in everything under the “Videos requested for removal” section automatically.

removal of video after copyright claim on YouTube

It’s one of the great features on YouTube that actually protects creators and something other platforms don’t currently offer. I hope it helps you!

Why Use The YouTube Copyright Claim Report?

Not sure why you would use this feature to remove videos on YouTube?

This feature is mainly for when channels scrape your videos and re-upload the whole video. They are trying to steal your work and monetize it on their own channel.

It’s not for videos where they are using your content in a fair use way like reacting or promoting it by sharing clips in their own video.

You can use the copyright claim report to prevent channels from stealing and monetizing your content.

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