Saturday, November 15, 2008

How can I delete a video I created that was uploaded by someone else?

If you find that someone has uploaded your video as their own and wish it removed, you will need to make a formal complaint to YouTube.

You may make your complaint via email or snail mail.  You will need to also provide the necessary information to validate your claim.  You may view the list of information you need to provide here:
There is also a form that you can submit instead of email or snail mail.

However, unless you delete your video off your account/channel, you are bound by YouTube's Terms of Use item 6C which states:
For clarity, you retain all of your ownership rights in your User Submissions. However, by submitting User Submissions to YouTube, you hereby grant YouTube a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, and perform the User Submissions in connection with the YouTube Website and YouTube's (and its successors' and affiliates') business, including without limitation for promoting and redistributing part or all of the YouTube Website (and derivative works thereof) in any media formats and through any media channels. You also hereby grant each user of the YouTube Website a non-exclusive license to access your User Submissions through the Website, and to use, reproduce, distribute, display and perform such User Submissions as permitted through the functionality of the Website and under these Terms of Service. The above licenses granted by you in User Videos terminate within a commercially reasonable time after you remove or delete your User Videos from the YouTube Service. You understand and agree, however, that YouTube may retain, but not display, distribute, or perform, server copies of User Submissions that have been removed or deleted. The above licenses granted by you in User Comments are perpetual and irrevocable.
The above basically means that as YouTube or any user of YouTube can do anything with your video while it is posted on YouTube.

You may view YouTube's Terms of Use here:


  1. Follow the link, fill out the form and youtube will delete the offenders copy of your video. It will even link to your original video after they delete it. Don't delete your own video.

  2. Thank you, loufrank22!

    If your video is a cover of a song, and someone stole it... Can you still claim the right to that video. I made the visual image, made the vocals, and it was a parody made to trick people...(I changed the names around and made it a pretty obvious parody and it even says in the description), but the video had the same lyrics, and the instrumental from the original song. (It was only the first Verse and Chorus btw). Thanks!

  4. You should be able to email YouTube and make a claim to have the video taken down from the channel that is using your parody without your permission if you have all the supporting documents to prove that it is your parody.

    If their video is a parody of your parody, it may be allowed. It wouldn't hurt to ask YouTube, though.

  5. how can i protect my youtube videos from stole or other re-upload it.

  6. See loufrank22's comment on filing a copyright claim.