YouTube Dispute

If you upload a video containing copyright-protected material, you could end up with a Content ID claim. These claims are issued by companies that own music, movies, TV shows, video games, or other copyright-protected material.

Depending on the copyright owner’s policy, some Content ID claims prevent certain material from being available on YouTube. Others allow the video to remain live while directing the advertising revenue to the claimed content’s copyright owners, like

What is a dispute, and what happens after?

A dispute is if the user that received the claim wishes to dispute the claim. This happens if a claim occurs on their channel and they wish to ensure that whoever filed the claim doesn’t claim it.

After you submit your dispute, the copyright owner has 30 days to respond. During this time, the claim will be temporarily released. If they don’t respond within 30 days, their claim on your video will expire, and you don’t need to do anything.There are a few things that the copyright owner can do after you dispute:

  • Release the claim: If they agree with your dispute, they can choose to release their claim. If you were previously monetizing the video, your monetization settings would be restored automatically when all claims on your video are released.
  • Uphold the claim: If they believe their claim is still valid, they can choose to uphold it. If you feel it was mistakenly upheld, you may be able to appeal their decision.
  • Take down your video: They can submit a copyright takedown request to remove your video from YouTube, which means you’ll get a copyright strike on your account.

While your dispute is active, two things may happen to your monetization depending on the policy that the Content ID claimant has set for the claim:

If the policy is set to block or track, this policy will be temporarily lifted until your dispute is resolved. During this time, your video will not be monetized.

If you have monetization enabled on your video and the claimant wishes to monetize their claim on the video, we will continue to show ads on it and hold the earnings separately. As soon as the dispute is resolved, we’ll pay the revenue earned during the dispute to the appropriate party. Learn more about monetization during a Content ID dispute.