What is YouTube Copyright Strike and How to Resolve it?
What is YouTube Copyright Strike

What is YouTube Copyright Strike?

YouTube copyright strike is a copyright policing practice used by YouTube for the purpose of managing copyright infringement and complying with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is the basis for the design of the YouTube copyright strike system.

A copyright strike is issued to a creator if they’ve uploaded something within their video that they do not own the rights to. The copyright holder has the right to remove that video from YouTube altogether, which means it’s blocked everywhere and the ability to generate any further ad revenue is shut down.

When you get a Copyright Strike?

If you get a copyright strike, it means that a copyright owner submitted a complete and valid legal takedown request for using their copyright-protected content.

After getting this type of formal notification, YouTube take down your video to comply with copyright law.


  • A video can only have one copyright strike at a time.
  • A video can be removed from the site for other reason than copyright.
  • Deleting a video with a strike won’t resolve your strike.
  • Copyright strikes can negatively affect your channel.

What Happens After First, Second and Third Copyright Strike?

First Strike

If you receive a copyright strike for the first time then it will act as a Warning. YouTube now believes that your account is losing good standing. This case, YouTube is willing to give you another chance and redirect you to go through YouTube’s Copyright School. It helps you to understand copyright and how it is enforced at YouTube. The first copyright strike will expire after 90 days as long as you complete the courses.

Copyright strikes may affect your ability to monetize. In addition, if your live stream is removed for copyright, your access to live streaming will be restricted for 90 days.

Second Strike

If your channels receive a second copyright strike before the first strike has even expired, you will have then have to wait another 90 days until the second strike has expired. This time, you will not be able to post content for two weeks. If no other concerns arise, your ability to post will be restored at the end of the two week period.  In the meantime, your account remains out of good standing.

Third Strike

If you receive a third copyright strike before the first two strikes have expired, then:

  • YouTube will automatically terminate your account along with any associated channels.
  • All the videos uploaded to your account will be removed.
  • You will also not able to create any new channels.

If your channel is part of the YouTube Partner Program, you’re eligible for a 7 day courtesy period. After 3 copyright strikes, you’ll have 7 additional days to act before your channel is disabled. During this period, your copyright strikes won’t expire and you can’t upload new videos. Your channel will remain live and you can access it to seek a resolution for your strikes.

There also some few cases, you could face a legal challenge and take you all the way to court as you used without permission content.  In case, if you lose the case, you could have to pay huge legal fees and large fine to pay off.

How to Check About Your Strike

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. From the left menu, click Content.
  3. Select Filter button for Copyright claims.
  4. Hover over “Copyright claim” in the Restrictions column and click SEE DETAILS.

How to Resolve a Copyright Strike

  1. Wait for the strike to expire: Copyright strikes expire after 90 days. First strike, you need to complete YouTube’s Copyright School for the strike to expire.
  2. Ask for a retraction: You can reach out to the person who claimed your video and ask them to  retract  the strike
  3. Submit a counter-notification: If you think the strike was placed in error and your video was mistakenly removed, you can submit a counter-notification.

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