YouTube copyright strike

Last updated on 8 August 2017

A YouTube copyright strike is a copyright policing practice used by YouTube for the purpose of managing copyright infringement and complying with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.[1] The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is the basis for the design of the YouTube copyright strike system.[1] For YouTube to retain DMCA safe harbor protection, it must respond to copyright infringement claims with a notice and take down process.[1] YouTube's own practice is to issue a "YouTube copyright strike" on the user accused of copyright infringement.[1] When a YouTube user has 3 strikes, then YouTube cancels all of that user's YouTube accounts, removes all of their videos, and refuses to allow that user to have another YouTube account.[1]

Some users have expressed concern that the strike process is unfair to users.[2] The complaint is that the system assumes guilt of YouTube users and takes the side of copyright holders even when no infringement has occurred.[2]

YouTube and Nintendo were criticised by Cory Doctorow, a writer for the blog Boing Boing, due to them reportedly treating video game reviewers unfairly by threatening them with strikes.[3]

Copyright strikes have also been issued against creators themselves, as happened when Miracle of Sound's channel was hit with multiple copyright strikes as a result of automated strikes by the distributor of their own music.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e Electronic Frontier Foundation (6 February 2009). "A Guide to YouTube Removals". Electronic Frontier Foundation. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  2. ^ a b staff (21 May 2010). "Is YouTube's three-strike rule fair to users?". BBC News. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  3. ^ Cory Doctorow (Mar 27, 2015). "Youtube and Nintendo conspire to steal from game superfans". Boing Boing. Retrieved 13 July 2016.

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