How to prevent Youtube from striking your videos (Copyright issues)

If you want to share your memories online and showcase your video editing skills, make sure that Youtube won’t strike your video for copyright infringement.

One strike makes you lose access to some Youtube features, and three strikes gets your account terminated.   This means that everything you’ve uploaded on your channel will be deleted, and you’ll be unable to create a new account.

If you think that deleting a video with a strike will resolve the issue, it won’t.

Prevention is better than cure, so instead of risking your precious videos from being deleted or your account from being terminated, just follow the rules and be a good Youtuber. 😉



  1. Don’t use a background music that can earn you a strike.  If you plan to monetise your videos, you have to be extra careful.  Find a source that explicitly tells you that you can use their music without infringing copyright.  Try doing a google or Youtube search, it’s fairly easy to find a source.

You can also use Youtube’s audio library.  They have a new option that allows you to use mainstream songs.

But just so you know, using these gives the copyright owners the permission to slap advertisements on your videos – they will earn money from it and you will not make a single penny.



2. Avoid using images that are not your own.  If you are bold and brave enough, use only images or videos that are on public domains.

If you are trying to monetise your videos, it won’t hurt to utilise your own images and video clips, this way, you can let the world know that you are using your original content.

If you’re already making a few bucks monetising your videos, you can also purchase royalty free images iStockphoto, shutterstock and the like.

But if you want to save some dough, Pixbay has over 600,000 high quality photos that you can use for commercial purposes – free!  There’s also Unsplash, Gratisography and Little Visuals.



3.  For videos, you can do a Youtube search and filter the results to show only “creative commons” which can be used with no issues – but this is not a guarantee.  Not unless you’ve verified that these videos belong to their respective channels, there have been cases where videos were uploaded as “creative commons” but actually aren’t.

Give credit to where it’s due – always include the video or channel link of the original owners of the videos you’ve grabbed.


Bottom line is, when in doubt – don’t post.  Do your research and work on your contents wisely.  Whether you’re trying to monetise your video or not, avoid the embarrassment of having your followers, potential customers/ clients, friends, relatives etc. see the black screen on your video which says:

“This video has been removed for violating Youtube’s Terms of Service”


For more information, you can check this article:

Copyright strike basics




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