YouTube Updates Copyright Infringement Claim System to Better Protect Creators

Takeaway: YouTube now requires more information for copyright claims and provides creator with multiple options to address infringing material without taking down a video.

YouTube has announced that when using their claim system, copyright owners will now have to provide exact timestamps corresponding to when the infringement occurs. YouTube hopes that by enforcing this new requirement, they will be able to better help creators address specific concerns. To further this, they will be providing new editing tools allowing for infringing music to be muted or replaced, or infringing sections to be clipped from a video entirely.

Additionally, users who are found to repeatedly provide false or inaccurate information in their infringement claims may lose access to the claim system. YouTube anticipates that with these changes, incidences of infringement that are short or incidental will no longer serve as roadblocks to content creators.