If a match is detected, and you wish to proceed with your upload, you must submit an appeal.
If you do not want to appeal, you may:
- Swap the audio in your video with a track from the Vimeo Music Store (if the third-party copyrighted work is music)
- Replace the video file
- Delete the video
We want to foster a community where the best original videos can live, and we have always required that users only upload their own work. We don’t want rips of TV shows, movies, or viral videos found elsewhere on the Web. If you didn’t create a video yourself or secure rights to distribute it, we don’t want you to upload it to Vimeo. If your video merely reproduces someone else’s art without their permission, we don’t want you to upload it to Vimeo.
Those types of copyright-infringing content have always gone against our Community Guidelines , but we don’t—and can’t—review every video uploaded to our site (or anything close to that). And so the Copyright Match system has been lovingly crafted to flag videos that may infringe the copyrights of others before they (the videos) appear on Vimeo.
We greatly value artistic expression and freedom of speech, so we have built in several protections for creators who use copyrighted material in ways that don’t infringe the copyrights of others — including those cases when creators upload their own works!
Copyright Match flags videos that contain copyrighted works, but it doesn’t tell us whether you had permission or whether your use might qualify as “fair use.” That’s why we built a robust and friendly appeal process: so that members have an opportunity to explain why their use of a copyrighted work isn’t infringing.
From there, you can tell us if one of the following situations applies:
- Your video does not contain the copyrighted material identified by Copyright Match.
- You have permission to use the material.
- Your use of the material constitutes fair use under copyright law.
Once your appeal is submitted, it will enter our review process and you’ll hear back soon.
The law doesn’t provide clear-cut formulas for what type of content and how much of it you can use, but it does provide four factors that U.S. courts apply when making determinations.
If you want to claim fair use, you should first read these factors and use your appeal to explain why you think they support your claim. It’s important to recognize that this isn’t a simple checklist and that factors can be weighted differently in each case. Your appeal is more likely to be granted if you can provide a persuasive and thoughtful explanation as to how the four factors support a claim of fair use in your particular case.
Read through our Fair Use FAQ for more information.
In a Copyright Match appeal, you should tell us who licensed the work and describe the basic license terms. The more information and evidence you can provide to support your claim, the more likely our moderators will accept your appeal. Please note that if requested, you may need to provide a copy of your documentation.
If your own work is flagged, please submit an appeal and let us know that you are the copyright holder. We’ll sort this out for you ASAP!
Keep in mind that an approved appeal does not necessarily mean your video does not infringe on anyone's copyrights. It simply means that our moderators did not believe that a reasonable person would believe your video was infringing based upon the facts available to us.
There is still a chance that your video may be considered infringing by a third party that owns the copyright to the material used, and your video may be removed if the copyright holder chooses to issue a DMCA takedown notice.
If a DMCA notification is issued against your video, you have the option to file a counter-notification if you believe you're in the right and want to get your video back online.
If you believe that we made a mistake, or you would like to provide further evidence to support your appeal, you can respond to the email notification denying your appeal. One of our moderators will review your message and respond to you.
You alone are responsible for making sure that all the videos you upload to Vimeo follow our guidelines and respect the copyrights of others.
In most cases, videos will remain online during the appeal process.
If your appeal is approved, you will receive a notification informing you of the approval and that your video will remain online. If your appeal is denied, the video will no longer be accessible.
However, if you're in your first week of Vimeo membership, or you've had more than two appeals denied, your video will not be accessible during the appeal process.
We are working on building support for this use case into the Copyright Match system. Until then, private videos uploaded by Plus and PRO members will not be scanned by Copyright Match.
If you’re using Vimeo for this purpose, make sure you default new uploads to private from your Global Video Settings or set your videos to private while they're uploading.