Why I received the message “Video removed” on YouTube?
We know from our own experience that when you receive this message on one of your YouTube videos, all alarms go off.
But you don’t need to be afraid.
If you have done the right thing, we can tell you that you can take action, and if you have committed an infraction, the video will be removed, but nothing more.
The first thing you should know is that when YouTube removes a video, it is because they have detected that the video violates one – or more – of their usage policies.
However, as we told you previously, YouTube’s Content ID is not perfect and it also makes mistakes.
To know how to deal with this problem, the best thing to do is to identify the reason why the video has been removed.
The most common ones are usually the following.
The worst of all the notices you can receive is the video removed notice.
This is when the copyright holder sends us a full legal request to have the video removed from the platform.
When this happens you will also receive a copyright strike.
A little later we will show you what you can do when you receive these types of warnings and strikes.
Includes copyrighted content
It is possible that next to your penalized video you will find one of the following messages:
Includes copyrighted content.
Silenced for copyrighted content.
Blocked in some countries.
If so, there is no doubt: someone has claimed that your content includes copyrighted elements.
Moreover, as in the previous case, this message is probably accompanied by a strike.
But we anticipate that, if you have done things correctly, you can remove it by following some steps that we will discover shortly.
When YouTube detects that something in your video – whether visual, written or audio – violates its community standards, it will display the message “Video removed: inappropriate content” next to your video.
When you sign up for YouTube, you must check a box that says “I agree to the Terms of Service”.
However, the reality is that few users read these terms.
If you have had the bad fortune to receive this message and want to know more about how to proceed correctly on the platform, you can read its terms in 5 minutes.
This is a very rare type of problem among YouTube notices.
However, you will be able to identify it because next to your video it will read “Video removed: trademark issue”.
In this case, Content ID will have identified that you have violated their trademark policy, in which case we recommend you take a look at it.
The reality about Content ID: it’s not perfect
Now you know the different reasons why YouTube usually removes videos and you have been able to identify which one you have received.
However, it is possible that the Content ID has made a mistake with you.
It would not be the first or the last time this happens.
For example, if you have purchased the license of a song through platforms such as Epidemic Sound, Envato Elements, or Artlist, you should know that:
you have the right to use their music in your videos.
You have paid for that music and purchased it on platforms that expressly allow its use on YouTube, both for monetized and non-monetized videos.
The good news here is that you can defend yourself against accusations regarding alleged copyright infringement.
How to remove Content ID warning message?
If you think YouTube has removed your video by mistake, don’t worry.
You can appeal the notice you received by following a series of steps.
But before you do so, be sure to remove any warnings or offenses imposed on you.
Before proceeding further, appeal the warning / strike
When a video is removed from YouTube for the first time, the platform will usually give you a warning.
If it is the first time you commit an infringement on YouTube, you will be notified of this both by email and on any device on which you have your YouTube account, informing you of:
The policies that were violated.
How it affects your channel.
What you can do.
However, the warning is only given the first time there is an infraction.
If it is repeated, you will receive a strike.
And if your channel has 3 strikes in less than 90 days, it will be permanently deleted.
So the first thing you have to do, before even removing the warning message on your YouTube video, is to appeal the warning or the strike associated with it.
To do so:
Log in to your YouTube account
Go to your YouTube Studio control panel.
Click on Copyright.
Select the “Channel Infringements” card.
Click on Appeal.
However, do not delete the video thinking that, if you delete it, you will remove the strike. If you do, in addition to the fact that the strike will remain in effect, you will not be able to appeal it.
Once this process has been completed, you can continue with the next one.
How to appeal the removal of your video by Content ID
If you are previously logged in, access your YouTube Studio control panel again.
In the menu on the left, you will see several options. Select the one labeled “Content”.
Among all the videos you have uploaded to your channel, find the one you want to appeal.
One of the menu columns is “Restrictions”. Simply drag the cursor over the type of restriction and click where it says “Appeal”.
Next, you will need to check the box that says “I have a license or written permission from the content owner to use this material”, or the most similar one.
Then a text box will open in which you will have to explain to YouTube the reasons why you want to appeal the removal of the video in your own words. Here we recommend you write the following:“I have purchased a music license on the website [__add here your platform used__] to use the song [__add here the song title__] by [__add here the name of the author__], for which I have the rights to use on YouTube.
As proof of this, I add below the information with the license data:
[__copy and paste here the license data__]”
Click on Submit.
After taking all of the above steps, you will have to wait for YouTube’s reply and their decision on the matter.
If a few days pass and you do not receive an answer, we recommend you to send them a follow-up email to the following address: [email protected].
Few things are worse for a YouTube user than coming across a message similar to this one:
When you read it for the first time, it not only makes you feel uncomfortable guilty, but also very confused.
What did I do wrong? Maybe my content had a copyrighted video? Maybe I wrote the wrong word in the title? Or maybe I didn’t use the background music that YouTubers legally use?… What do I do now? Will I be fined? Will my channel be deleted?
The truth is that several of these things may be true… or not.
And, as YouTube itself assures, its Content ID is not perfect and can make mistakes.
This means that they can mute part of your video, remove it completely and even permanently delete your channel after several violations.
All this even if you follow their policies and use legal material.
If you keep creating content on the platform, you’ll end up getting one of YouTube’s famous strikes.
It’s only a matter of time.
Luckily, you are now prepared with the necessary tools to deal with them and protect your channel.
On the one hand, you know the steps you must take to appeal the removal of your video, as well as the potential warnings and faults.
All of them are excellent options to get legal music.
In addition to providing you with thousands of songs that comply with their policies, they will also allow you to give an original touch to your channel and differentiate yourself from your competitors with provocative and cheerful background music.
Choose the one that best suits your needs and eliminate for good any problems with Content ID.
FAQ. Frequently Asked Questions about YouTube Content ID
Do you still have a question about YouTube Content ID? Surely it’s among the following.
Find out the answers you’ve been looking for below.
Are copyright infringement and Content ID claims the same thing?
Although it may seem like yes, the answer is no.
We recommend you take a look at the following video, which will give you a clear and complete answer to this question.
How do I know if I have received a Content ID warning?
When you receive a Content ID complaint, YouTube sends you by:
Email (the one you registered on YouTube).
Notification in your mobile app.
Notification in your YouTube Studio (desktop version).
What happens when I appeal the removal of my video?
First of all, you must wait for a reply from YouTube. It usually takes a few days, so be patient.
However, the decision they make is usually between the following:
If they consider that your content complies with the policies, it is restored and they remove the warning/strike from your channel. Even so, they may apply age restrictions if they consider that your content is not suitable for children under 18 years of age.
If they consider that your content does not comply with the policies, they will keep the warning/strike on your channel.
How many times can I appeal each warning or fault?
Each strike on YouTube or prior warning can be appealed only once.
If I appeal a warning and YouTube accepts it, will they send me a warning the next time or directly a strike?
According to their help center, if you appeal a warning and it is accepted, the next time you will receive a warning again instead of a strike directly.
That is if you win the appeal, you “reset” the warning counter to zero, so in other words.
If I appeal removal of my video and YouTube does not accept it, am I penalized?
No. The only thing that happens is that the video will still be deleted, you will keep the warning/strike on your channel and will proceed with the relevant restrictions -if any-.
What happens when I receive my first strike after a warning?
First of all, to clarify that you will only receive your first strike if you have not complied with the usage policies for the second time (the first time you only receive a warning, which you can appeal in case you consider that you have acted correctly).
However, if you receive your first strike on YouTube, you will be prevented from performing the following tasks for 7 days:
Subir nuevo contenido.
Realizar streamigs -transmisiones en vivo-.
Compartir stories -historias de YouTube-.
Crear miniaturas personalizadas.
Escribir publicaciones en la pestaña Comunidad.
Crear nuevas listas de reproducción, así como editarlas, añadir nuevo contenido a ellas o eliminarlas.
One week after receiving the strike, you will be able to perform all of the above actions again.
However, the strike will remain in your channel for the next 90 days. After that, it will disappear.
What if I receive a second strike on my channel in less than 90 days?
In this case, the restrictions are the same as when you received the first offense.
However, the duration of the restrictions increases from 1 to 2 weeks.
I have read that if I receive the third offense on YouTube in less than 90 days, my channel will be removed. Is this true?
How can I avoid the removal of my YouTube channel for the third strike?
The simplest answer would be, not committing more than 3 faults in less than 90 days.
If you follow the platform policies, you should not have any problems.
And if you think you are mistakenly getting strikes, you should submit an appeal following the steps we have shown you in the article.
Where can I find YouTube policies?
You can go to all of YouTube’s policies as well as other questions by going to their Help Center.
Pablo Olóndriz – Legis Music Founder-
Pablo Olóndriz founded Legis Music in 2016 and, since then, has been working non-stop on the online Royalty-Free industry, managing to build a great source of information for people who need amazing background music for their projects and videos.
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