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YouTube Reduces Length Of Copyright Dispute Process

YouTube is shortening the copyright dispute and appeal process, which helps reduce the impact of false claims.

Now, if you receive a copyright claim that has YouTube blocking your video, you can speed up the process of showing it again.

In the following sections, we’ll learn about how the copyright dispute process works, how the process is changing, and how changes benefit creators.

YouTube’s copyright dispute process

When you upload a video with copyrighted content, you may get what YouTube calls a Content ID prompt. The YouTube community refers to them as copyright claims, so that’s the term we’re using in this article.

You can dispute a claim if you believe you have the right to use the video content.

Disputes go to the plaintiff for review, and he has 30 days to decide whether to dismiss his claim or take it to the next stage. The claim is automatically canceled if they do not respond within 30 days.

You can file an appeal if you dispute a claim and the plaintiff dismisses it. If the claimant denies the petition, they have the option of submitting a copyright infringement takedown request.

The plaintiffs have 30 days to review the petition, which means your video could remain banned for more than 60 days.

YouTube is not directly involved until a copyright takedown request has been submitted. If YouTube determines that the request is valid, it will remove your video and issue a warning to your channel.

However, YouTube will reinstate your video if you successfully verify the content.

The copyright dispute process is lengthy when you factor in the 30 days for dispute resolution, 30 days for the appeal process, and no matter how long YouTube takes to review a takedown request.

YouTube is making two changes to speed up copyright disputes and claims.

Changes to YouTube’s copyright dispute process

YouTube is shortening the time that plaintiffs have to review copyright petitions From 30 days to seven days.

Note that plaintiffs still have 30 days to review the initial dispute; YouTube limits the appeal to just seven days.

For claims that prevent viewers from viewing your video, you’ll now have the option to skip the initial objection step and go straight to the appeal stage. YouTube calls this Appeal escalation Selection.

YouTube offers an escalation to appeal option to provide creators with a way to reduce the impact of potentially false claims having their videos banned.

With these changes in place, the YouTube copyright dispute process looks like this:

Screenshot from, July 2022.

Escalation to appeal is optional. Content creators can still go through the longer dispute process if they choose.

Because this option increases the risk of copyright infringement, you should only use the escalation option to appeal when you are confident that you have sufficient evidence to oppose the claim.

Another option is to do nothing at all. YouTube does not count copyright claims as penalties against your channel, so you can always accept the claim if you think it is valid.

Source: The knowledgeable creator
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