Monday, May 27, 2019

How to Submit Retraction Claim in YouTube

Copyrighted video content being stolen and re-uploaded by unscrupulous YouTubers has long been an issue for original content creators on YouTube. As part of their on-going effort to counter this blatant copyright infringement, YouTube released a new Copyright Match Tool.

This copyright tool was beta tested by a select group of YouTubers and then phased in to a broader user-base. I got access to this Copyright Match Tool because some of my own original video content was stolen and re-uploaded, by other YouTubers, without my permission.

In the past, I've had to file video take-down notices with YouTube and they were quick to remove the stolen videos. When I checked the Copyright Match Tool, I was not surprised to see 8 of my videos that were identified as a 100% match. Essentially, another 8 of my videos were re-uploaded to YouTube by other YouTubers without my permission.

So I requested that these videos be removed. I created a separate blog post of my firsthand experience using the Copyright Match Tool. You will also find this video at the end of this blog post.

Anyway, the purpose of creating this blog post was to show you How to Submit a Retraction Claim in YouTube. A retraction claim is essentially restoring a video that was previously taken down.

So, after I requested all my 8 videos (that were re-uploaded) to be taken down, one of these YouTubers got in touch with me and requested that I submit a retraction. He said he made a mistake and was sorry about it and that he wouldn't do it again. The bigger issue was that due to this video take-down request that I filed, via the Copyright Match Tool, caused him to receive a copyright strike on his YouTube channel.

This meant that his channel got de-monetized. So to help him out, I decided to submit a retraction claim on the video in question. In doing so, the copyright strike would be removed from his channel and he would be able to continue earning income via the YouTube Partner Program.

One thing to bear in mind, when submitting a retraction claim, is that the video in question is restored. So you need to get confirmation from the YouTuber that he or she will delete the video after it's restored. In this case, the main purpose was really to help this YouTuber restore his channel monetization, so he agreed to delete the video as soon as it is restored.

Here is my video tutorial on How to Submit a Retraction Claim in YouTube. You will also find the step-by-step written instructions below:

Submitting a retraction claim on a previously taken down video is fairly simple to do. And here are the step-by-step instructions on How to Submit a Retraction Claim in YouTube:

  1. Log into your YouTube channel;
  2. Go to Video Manager;
  3. Click on “Submit Retraction”;
  4. Check the box next to the video you want to retract;
  5. and finally click the “Retract Claims” button.

Once the video is successfully retracted, it will be restored and you will receive a confirmation email from YouTube. Make sure that the YouTuber deletes the restored video.

And below, you will find my video tutorial on How to Use the Copyright Match Tool in YouTube:

Well, hope you found this blog post and video tutorials helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments section. Thanks for stopping by!

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  1. WOW AJ, this is powerful! It's going to help a lot of people. Thank you for sharing this and keeping us in-the-know about these things, even though I don't have much of anything important on YouTube.

    I hope you have a great week!

    1. Hi Leona, yes, the YouTube Copyright Match Tool is very useful for original content creators, especially with rampant copyright infringement. And similarly, the feature to submit a retraction claim is also pretty handy, as was in my case. Anyway, thanks for stopping by and you have a great rest of the week as well...stay blessed!

  2. By watching your videos make me understand more.....
    useful tips….
    Thank you for sharing your knowledge

    1. You're welcome Tanza. I'm glad this article helped. Thanks for stopping by!