DMCA Takedown - Part 3

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DMCA Takedown - Part 3

May 06, 2019

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We've discussed the basics of DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) takedown notices. Last week, we provided a guide of how to submit a takedown notice on Instagram. Today, we wrap it up with a guide of how to submit a takedown notice on YouTube as well as how you should respond if you are hit with a takedown notice.

Similar to Instagram, YouTube has made it easy to request a DMCA takedown by providing an online form, located at

To submit a DMCA takedown notice on YouTube, take the following steps:

1. Click Submit a copyright complaint

  • Choose the appropriate issue (copyright/trademark infringement)

2. Indicate who is affected

  • "I am," "My company, organization, or client," or "another copyright owner."

3. Fill-in all required fields, including:

  • URL of allegedly infringing video to be removed
  • A description of the work allegedly infringed (from drop-down menu)
  • Copyright owner name (YouTube username or full legal name)
  • Authority to make this complaint à indicate "owner of copyright/trademark," "counsel for owner of copyright/trademark"
  • Your Full Legal Name
  • Street Address, City, State/Province, ZIP Code, Country, Phone #

4. Check the affirmation boxes on the bottom

  • Type in full name in the box above Submit

5. Click Submit Complaint

How do you respond to a DMCA takedown notice?

First, timely response Is crucial. If the customer/user responds with a written counter-notice to the online service provider explaining that the take down was done in error, the online service provider must in turn notify the copyright holder of the counter notice. If the copyright holder does not file a lawsuit for copyright infringement within 14 calendar days after being served with the counter-notice, the online service provider may put the accused infringing material back up on the website.

If you are responding to a takedown notice on Instagram, instructions on how to file the counter-notice will be included in the warning they send you, but otherwise you can contact the DMCA designated agent with your counter-notice

To respond to a takedown notice on YouTube, copyright notices delivered to you appear here, and you can make your counter-notice here as well:

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