How to Remove Fake Copyright Strike On YouTube! Counter Copyright Procedure

counter copyright

In this blogpost we’re going to discuss how to remove a fake copyright strike on your YouTube channel which is also known as counter copyright procedure. If you’re sure that it’s a fake copyright strike, then rest assured you’ve nothing to worry about, it is most likely to be removed soon.

Difference between copyright claim and copyright strike

At this point we hope that you’re aware about the difference between copyright claim and copyright strike. When you intentionally or unintentionally use someone else’s creation (like a portion of video, audio or image) who has content id activated, then you might be sent a notifying email saying that ‘this particular copyrighted content has been found in your video’. This type of notification is a copyright claim and NOT a copyright strike. A copyright claim doesn’t impose a strike on your channel. Depending upon the original creator’s choice, you might have to share revenue of the video with them, or your video may be declared ineligible for monetization. The creator may even take all of the revenues earned through that video.

However a copyright strike is an entirely different thing. It is basically a punishment that the original creator of the content imposes on your YouTube channel. Because of this your alleged video may be removed from YouTube. Three such strikes within three months of time and consider your channel as good as gone.

But there is some similarity between content id claim and copyright strike: you can file a dispute against each of them. When you start a dispute procedure against a copyright strike, it’s called ‘counter copyright procedure’.



First be sure whether or not the copyright strike claim is fake

As mentioned above if you gather three consecutive copyright strikes within three months of time, YouTube may decide to terminate your channel. Although after the third strike they will notify you about this probable termination and give you one week of time to try any counter copyright. If you’re unsuccessful in doing that properly, then no one can save your channel from termination.

Also keep in mind that YouTube copyright team consists of really capable and efficient people, so you can’t possibly con any of them. This is why it’s pointless to create and submit any false counter copyright claim. But if you’re sure that the copyright strike was imposed on your channel wrongfully, then you have every right to fight against it.

And also, you should try a counter copyright procedure immediately after you get the first copyright strike. That means, you shouldn’t wait for more copyright strikes to take place on your channel and then fight them altogether. That’s pointless and stupid, because when you get two strikes of same type (copyright or community), you’re punished in one way or another. YouTube may disable your channel to upload further videos, they even might demonetize all your videos, who knows?! So our point is, it’s always good to be cautious.

Remember You gotta have patience

YouTubing is surely a very interesting job now a days. If you can shine in it you may be able to earn handsome amount each month, some even became millionaires. But these are just some pros of YouTubing, you should also come to know about the cons of it: you may get community or copyright strike at any time no matter how sincerely you work. Yes, you might be a victim of misunderstanding, that’s why there are options for you to file a counter copyright claim.

So patience plays an important role while you have strikes. Patience also helps you remain confident. You have to be digital when it comes to your confidence, that means there is no intermediate position when you’re justifying yourself regarding the strike. You are either totally innocent or totally guilty (even if a tiny fraction of copyrighted material is found in your content, knowingly or unknowingly).

That’s why you first have to scrutinize the whole video that has received a copyright strike. In order to be able to do that you got to have all your YouTube videos downloaded previously. YouTube gives you an option to do that. Now once you find that the whole content of the video rightfully belongs to you, then you have nothing to worry about; you’ll just have to start a counter copyright procedure for that. Otherwise the strike will be permanent on your channel; and if you receive further strikes, your channel may be terminated.




What if you found yourself guilty?

Now after you scrutinize the video, you may find that a part of audio, or footage or even a single image has been wrongfully used in that. Since it is someone else’s copyright content, so you’ll then have to assume that the strike was real. In that case, you have two options open for you: either to wait for three months after which period the strike will expire on its own. This might be okay if the total number of strikes on your channel is less than three. But should you choose to wait, you’ll have to remain careful in the meantime not to receive any further strikes of the same type (copyright).

If you don’t prefer to wait, then you can try the ‘retract’ option which you should find next to the video removed due to copyright. When you start that procedure, you’ll have to humbly request the ‘copyright imposer’ in a language like the following:

‘Dear Sir/Madam,

It was my mistake to use your copyrighted content in my video. I swear to God that I did it mistakenly and not knowingly. So I’d like to request you to please withdraw your copyright claim off my video and hence save my channel from a strike. I promise you that once the strike is lifted, I’ll simply delete that video.

Best regrads

(Your official name)’

Here you might even provide the link to your removed video and your channel’s url. Well, if that guy pleases and pardons you, then it’s good news for you. Otherwise, you’ll just have to go through the three months period of punishment, provided that the total number of strikes is less than three.

What if it’s a fake copyright strike?

If you’re sure that it was a false copyright claim, then you first may choose to request the guy to lift the strike/claim and the language you should be using in that mail is given above. But if the guy pays no attention to you, then you’ll just have to file a counter copyright notification. In order to do that first you’ll have to visit this page. Here you’ll see how many copyright strikes you currently have and also their details. So to file a counter copyright notification, you’ll just need to click a particular notice and follow the instructions.

At this stage, let us remind you that you need to be 100% sure before submitting a counter copyright notification. You have to be sure that it was a fake/wrong copyright claim. If you try to play with YouTube copyright team and get caught in the act, they may disable (terminate) your account once and for all. It’s just a warning to you from our part, not that no one has ever been able to get away after submitting a false counter  copyright notification.

For your information, while you file the counter copyright notice, you’ll need to give your contact details and the reason why you think it was a false copyright claim. I guess you should read the following article from our blog, this one will give you further information regrading YouTube’s copyright and counter copyright systems.

Copyright infringement claim system on YouTube: NOT perfect

Probable response from YouTube about the counter copyright submission

Now that you have submitted the counter copyright file, you’ll have to wait a couple of days for the reply from YouTube’s copyright team. If they say they found you guilty, then you can’t possibly do anything else after that. But if they demand further explanation from you as to why you haven’t infringed someone else’s copyright, then you’ll have to present the explanation in a different manner. If possible, you may just counsel an Internet/YouTube lawyer: they might be able to give you a better text for reason.

This ‘demand for further explanation’ indicates that YouTube’s copyright team is NOT exactly sure what’s going on here and whether you’re innocent. In my opinion, it’s a good news for you, because they haven’t quit on you yet and you might just be able to prove yourself justified.

When YouTube forwards your reason to the copyright claimant

If YouTube team feels that you might be saying the right thing, then they’re left with no other choice but to forward your ‘reasoning text’ to the copyright claimant. They also tells that party to get a restraining order from court against you, so that you can neither upload the alleged video again nor demand to restore it. Many times, it may not be possible for the claimant to get such a restraining order form court, so they may quit in that case. If so, then you may just get relieved of the messy copyright situation.

Instead of restraining order, YouTube might even demand from the claimant for evidence that the content was rightfully theirs and claim was okay. This is also a tough thing to present, if you ask me. Lastly, let me give you a nice piece of information: if you think someone is just harassing you over and over with false copyright claims, then you may choose to complain against them, just write to copyright@youtube.com.

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Copyright infringement claim system on YouTube: NOT perfect

I am writing this article from my experience on YouTube’s weird copyright infringement claim system. To be totally honest, I’m not quite sure whether it is still weird, because I didn’t have to go through any copyright infringement claim procedure the last couple of months. But it was weird at least back in 2016 while I had to deal with this system a few times and gathered some bitter experience.

Why YouTube’s copyright infringement claim system is weird

As a new YouTuber I didn’t know how YouTube’s copyright infringement claim system worked. I thought that YouTube’s copyright system was flawless; if I didn’t steal anybody’s content, I would not have to suffer – which was surely far from true. You could get copyright infringement notice and strikes even if you uploaded your own content. Let me now explain how’s that.

Suppose someone reuploaded one of your YouTube videos on their channel. And then for some reason you deleted that video from your channel and reuploaded it – like what many new YouTubers do. As a result of your actions, you may now get a copyright strike from that individual who stole your video in the first place, because their video is older than yours in regards of time. So if they choose to file a copyright infringement claim on you, YouTube authority will just consider the fact that you uploaded the video later, so you must have STOLEN it from their channel.



Experience gathered when I was a new YouTuber

I was a victim of this weird system back in August 2016. Earlier I imposed copyright infringement claim on many channels for stealing my content. As a result a certain individual was very much angry with me because of my actions and he decided to manipulate the copyright infringement system of YouTube against me. He first stole one of my YouTube videos and waited a while for me to reupload that on my channel.  And when I did that for some reason, he imposed a copyright strike on my channel – which was surely out of the blue for me.

I was dumbstruck indeed, but that’s when I just came to realize how YouTube’s copyright infringement system actually worked. For a few months (September-October 2016) while I didn’t have enough business (earnings) on YouTube, as a favorite pastime I just played with many innocent YouTubers based on this weird system. Don’t blame it on me now, the blame is on YouTube itself. To know more details about what I exactly did, go through the following article.

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Counter notification is stronger than original copyright claim

Suppose you just found someone copied your YouTube creation and you submitted a copyright infringement claim to take that video down and thus imposed a copyright strike on their channel. Wait, DON’T just be so overjoyed yet; cause that person has the freedom to send you counter notification of copyright. And if you’re unable to manage legal document (court order) to restrain that YouTube user from uploading the video within 15 business days, then taken-down video might be reinstated.

This is surely a tricky way to go around for genuine YouTube creators. Because in most countries it is very difficult to manage a legal document like that (which applies for some online content! The judge might be quite astonished to hear about that – seriously). And the culprit who reuploaded your YouTube video in the first place, may decide to provide wrong info in the counter notification. When someone claims that they reside in some other country apart from mine, it becomes impossible for me to manage those documents and YouTube doesn’t even bother to verify their actual location. I am saying this because once a culprit got away like that after stealing my content and the only thing I could do was to keep his video down only for a couple of days.

Well, If you are a company that creates and publishes videos of their own, there is certain thing you can do; you can apply for content id. This way anyone copying your YouTube creation (visual and audio) will be automatically detected and you sure will have an upper-hand in the copyright notification process, although this is disputable. Let me explain how.




How I became a victim of a wrong copyright infringement claim (content id match)

Let me share with you my recent experience which will make the idea crystal clear to you. Recently I used my TV set top box to record a program which rightfully belongs to BTV, my country’s public television station. They don’t have a channel on YouTube, nor they reserve any of their copyrights strictly. That’s why unlike all private TV channels, it is super easy to steal BTV’s content; they will never send a copyright infringement notice in any way – that’s for sure. That’s why many YouTubers from my country have been stealing BTV’s contents for quite a long time now, without having to face any legal actions. I, for one, never stole BTV’s content until recently.

There was a program on BTV on the occasion of Eid which was too mouth-watering for me, I just couldn’t hold the temptation. I recorded that using my TV set top box and uploaded on my ‘experimental’ channel (I run this channel only to stay updated on latest YouTubing trends). Within 48 hours of time, I just had a copyright notice (content id match) from certain channel. Well the thing is that this content could no way belong to them, because it is rightfully BTV’s. I came to see that this particular channel illegally uploaded not only BTV’s contents, but other private TV channels’ contents as well and they are still getting away with that.

The steps I followed to file a dispute

Well, I might be an occasional content-thief, but one thing is for sure – I didn’t download it from their YouTube channel and it didn’t legally belong to them either. So I have decided to file a dispute on that, here’s how I’m going to proceed. While I’m on video manager, I click on the blue link that reads ‘includes copyrighted content’.

signs indicating copyright infringement on your video
signs indicating copyright infringement on your video

Then I reach a page where I have to choose one option out of a few given. I chose ‘The content is in the public domain or is not eligible for copyright protection’, because this option best describes my case.

You must choose your particular case why you think you haven't copyright infringement on your video
You must choose your particular case why you think you haven’t copyright infringement on your video

After I hit the blue ‘Continue’ button, I have to go through the following confession:

You must acknowledge what you are about to do in the counter copyright infringement process
You must acknowledge what you are about to do in the counter copyright infringement process

Then I have to explain in my own words why I think I haven’t violated anyone’s copyright and how I have uploaded the content rightfully. It’s on the next page. I put the following explanation (just for you to see/observe, should you ever have to go through this process).

“The YouTube channel which claims the copyright has uploaded the video wrongfully in the first place. This video is a property of BTV, the state-owned television station of my country and they don’t protect their contents with copyright. So I have the same right to upload this video as them.”

A few words on content id

Content id is one way to detect whether or not someone is uploading your content on YouTube. If someone has, then there are a few options for you to choose from: (1) you can block  the content on their channel so that people won’t be able to view it from there (2) you can let the video play on their channel while you get partial/full revenue from that video. In order to create cover songs and videos like these, if someone takes your content and mixes with their own, you get partial (probably half of the) payment. If your whole video was simply reuploaded by them, then you get the full revenue/payment.

Be careful while submitting a copyright infringement claim

In case you’re not a company and don’t have ‘content id’ service activated for your YouTube channel, you have to manually find any probable copyright infringement of your contents. If you found any such, you may choose to submit a video takedown notice to the uploader via YouTube. The whole process is described neatly in the following article. But you need to be careful while doing that. If YouTube authority suspects that this copyright claim of yours is fraudulent in any way (like the content doesn’t really belong to you, or you have provided wrong info even if the video is rightfully yours), then they will not process the request.

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They will then tell you to either send them further proof and basis on your copyright claim, or retract that. If you still choose to proceed when it seems like a ‘bluff’ to YouTube authority, they might decide to terminate your channel/account as a punishment; so that as a YouTuber you never dare to do that (‘apparently’ false copyright claim) again. This is also meant to be exemplary for other YouTubers. So my suggestions is that when you receive the mail from YouTube saying that they’re suspecting you of having submitted fraudulent copyright claim, you should immediately retract that claim instead of proceeding further. That way you could at least save your channel.




My ‘NOT so cool’ experience regarding this

Now once again I’m going to share with you guys another experience of my YouTubing career which states why I think YouTube’s copyright infringement claim system is far from being perfect. The thing is that once I submitted a copyright claim against one channel. The next day I received a mail from YouTube like the one stated above. I was confident that I should proceed as it was solely my content; I had previously created it. But when I showed my confidence with some further explanation, it was not received cordially by YouTube authority, they rather decided to terminate my channel once and for all. The bottom line is that – my content was stolen and I didn’t get compensated, on the contrary they simply took actions against me, how rude!

Original content creators, beware!

One grave problem for YouTube content creators is that once they have their channel terminated, they may not file a copyright notice to people who wrongfully re-uploaded/used their contents. Suppose one of your YouTube videos was reuploaded by certain individual on their channel on September 20. Then for some reason your own channel got terminated on September 21 and you created a new one on September 22.

You then uploaded all your videos that were on your previous channel. The irony is that although you’re the rightful owner of your videos, still you now can’t send video takedown notice to that individual any more. On the contrary, they can send you this if they want to; since according to YouTube their online video was uploaded earlier than yours. Now don’t just pull at your hair and get your head overheated by thinking these awful facts; considering me, who for one, had to go through this horrible situation himself.

Youtube copyright claim: Learn how to do that

How to report a YouTube video

Youtube copyright claim: How to initiate the process

You have put a lot of efforts in creating your own videos, but someone simply reuploaded them onto their channel? Learn how to report them and take the allegedly infringing videos down by Youtube copyright claim. You need to take actions in the following manner:

(1) While watching a video from someone else’s channel, you have just discovered that it was copied from yours and now you decide to report it. Well, in order to do that, you need to go to the lower portion of the video screen and hit the ‘more’ button, then ‘report’ option.

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(Make sure that you have logged into a youtube account under the gmail address which represents the channel whose video has been stolen. This is mandatory to submit Youtube copyright claim.) You will get to see the following options:

Youtube copyright claim

When you are on Youtube copyright claim page

You choose ‘Infringes my copyright’ under ‘Infringes my rights’ option and then hit the submit button. You’ll directed to the following page with url https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/2807622 which is the Youtube copyright claim page.

Youtube copyright claim
Youtube’s copyright page

This time you hit the ‘Submit a copyright complaint’ button. You’ll reach the ultimate page with url https://www.youtube.com/copyright_complaint_form (you can directly come to this page by simply typing this url into the address bar of your browser).

Youtube copyright claim
Choose an option to report a particular video

You choose ‘Copyright infringement (someone copied my creation)’ and ‘I am’ options. Remember that you can not submit a copyright infringement notice on somebody else’s behalf, unless you somehow represent that person. Even if you represent that person, in order to report a copyright infringement on their behalf, you’ll need to log into the youtube account that represents the channel whose video has been stolen. This is just a part of the process for Youtube copyright claim.

Youtube copyright claim
Enter the details of your original video and the infringing video to be removed

Giving details of the original and infringing videos

In the next section of the ‘copyright’ page, you’ll be filling details of the stolen video. If the video was directly reuploaded, then you’ll choose the option ‘My Youtube video was reuploaded by another user’. Also you enter the url of the pirated/duplicated video (allegedly infringing video to be removed) and that of your original video. Now you can choose an option between ‘Entire video’ (if your entire video was stolen. In this case the alleged video will be equal to or lengthier than your original video) and ‘Time stamps’ (if your video was partially stolen). If you choose ‘Time stamps’, then just know that these ‘Time stamps’ represent the ones of the pirated/duplicate video, not your original video.




If only the audio portion of your video was stolen

Now learn to do Youtube copyright claim if only the audio portion of your video was stolen. In this case you’ll choose ‘other’ instead of ‘My Youtube video was reuploaded by another user’.

Youtube copyright claim
Choose a particular type of copyright infringement

In the ‘Type of copyrighted work’ box. you will write ‘Audio of a video of youtube channel’. Then you will give the title of your original video. In the ‘Additional information’ box, you will write “The url of my original video is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EROaOmx***. That guy just downloaded my video, converted it into an mp3 file, merged that with another video file and reuploaded.” You could use a little bit different language or even your own language of description. Whatever you choose to write, it has to be within 200 words.

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I just used the above-mentioned language and had youtube authority to take countless videos down. So to me, this is a ‘working’ language in case only the audio portion of a certain youtube video is stolen. Lastly you will need to mention whether the stolen content is present in the entire video or a part of it. If it is present only in a part of the alleged video, then you need to mention the time stamps (like 0:30-3:30).

Youtube copyright claim
Enter your (copyright claimant) personal details

Giving the copyright claimant’s details

Now you need to provide the copyright holder’s name. It is necessary because this name will be shown in the place where the video has been taken down. This could be either your official name or your channel’s name. I personally prefer to provide my official name here. I have a feeling that if the culprit (who stole the video) gets to know my channel’s name, they might come up with their gang to randomly flag my videos/channel and thus could have their revenge by getting my channel suspended.



Anyway, in the ‘Authority to make this complaint’ section, you need to enter ‘Creator and proprietor of the video’, because you may not submit a copyright claim on behalf of someone else (individual). But you can submit a claim on behalf of a company, if you somehow represent that company. In that case, your role might be different, like ‘legal adviser’. After that you need to fill in your personal details.

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Enter your (copyright claimant) personal details (continued)

Confession of your sincerity and confidence about the copyright claim

This time you need to tick a few boxes, by doing which you take full responsibility if any forgery attempt in submission process is found (like submitting a false intentional copyright claim). In that case your youtube account might be terminated. That’s why it is best not to attempt any such claim. Even if you submit a true copyright claim and then in reply youtube authority says that they suspect you have given them fraudulent information, then it’s best to not choose to fight them on this issue and simply reply that ‘I hereby withdraw my claim for this video with url ….’. At least, this way you could save your channel.

Youtube copyright claim
Things that you have to confess before the submission

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