What is YouTube's Copyright Match tool?
It's a new way to find re-uploads of your content on YouTube.
What are the requirements to use this tool?
Current requirements for channels are:
- Have over 100,000 subscribers.
- Be a part of the YouTube Partner Program (YPP).
However, YouTube expects to make the tool available to every creator in the YPP in the long term.
Where can I find this tool?
If you are eligible, you will see the tool in the Copyright section in your left navigation in YouTube Studio.
Can this tool find clips of my videos?
No. The tool is designed to find only full re-uploads of your videos. Although it has similar features with the Content ID tool, it will only find a match if your video is re-uploaded in full, clips will not show up in the matches. If you find a clip of your content that you’d like removed, you can always report it via the copyright webform.
How does the matching work?
After you upload your video, the tool will scan for copies. This means that the tool uses the date of upload as a reference to decide who should receive the match. Additionally, it takes currently at least 25 views for a match to be created from the re-uploaded content. Also to note, not all videos may be scanned for matches. Here are the reasons why:
- You weren’t the first person to upload the video to YouTube
- The video is already protected by Content ID
- The video has a Content ID claim on it
- The video has been uploaded as private or unlisted
What can I do when a match of my video is found?
You have 3 options:
- Archive the match (do nothing).
- Get in touch with the creator that re-uploaded your content.
- Request that YouTube removes the video.
However, YouTube asks a few things from the creator before taking action on a match:
- That you carefully review each match, to make sure that you own the rights to the videos matched and ensure you believe it infringes on your copyright. You should not file a copyright takedown request for content that you do not own exclusively, such as public domain content.
- Consider whether the matched content could be considered fair use or could be subject to some other exceptions to copyright and hence not require permission for reuse.
- If you decided to contact the re-uploader, you can consider giving him 7 days to correct the issue.
Want to learn more about this tool? Check out YouTube's video below and this article.
To read YouTube's official announcement, click here.