What is the difference between a copyright strike and a content ID claim?

Content ID claims

Content ID is an automated copyright management system. For copyright owners who have access, Content ID automatically finds videos that use their material and lets them claim it, depending on whether the video falls under Fair Use, instead of submitting a copyright takedown notice.

The copyright owners can choose different actions to take on any video clips, images, or audio that matches theirs:

  • Block a whole video from being viewed on a country by country basis

  • Monetize the video by running ads against it; sometimes sharing revenue with the uploader

  • Track the video’s viewership statistics and leave them on the site

What else you should know:

  • A content ID claim will not adversely affect your YouTube channel.

  • Content ID claims are a part of Copyright Law.

  • Content ID claims are issued to creators if they don't own the TV or music clips, music, or other copyrighted media.

  • Copyright owners can also make a manual claim for anything the Content ID tool misses for any reason.

  • Content ID claims only apply to the videos flagged and not the entire channel.

  • Content ID claims are not accompanied by copyright strikes, and can not result in suspension or termination of your channel.

  • A content ID claim can be proven false depending upon if you really own the content that is being claimed by someone else.

Copyright Strikes

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.

What else you should know:

  • A copyright strike will adversely affect your channel.

  • Copyright strikes are manual and are activated when a rights owner files a DMCA takedown request and Youtube will completely remove your video.

  • If you receive a copyright strike you won’t be able to monetize your videos.

  • If you have an active copyright strike, some channel features may be disabled such as live streaming.

  • If you receive 3 copyright strikes, your YouTube channel will be terminated and you will be banned from creating another one.

  • Copyright strikes expire after 3 months.

Below is a summary provided by YouTube.

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