We see lots of confusion over the nature of claims of copyright infringement.
Under Vimeo's Terms of Service, you are only permitted to upload videos for which you have all the necessary rights and permissions, including any applicable music licenses.
If your video received a copyright strike, it means the copyright holder submitted a DMCA claim to Vimeo, indicating that you did not have the rights and permissions to use their intellectual property (e.g., a song) in your video.
Declaring one of the following has zero effect when it comes to whether or not your videos are susceptible to claims of copyright infringement:
- “I do not claim ownership of the song.”
- “I credited the artist.”
- “I'm not making any money from this video.”
- “I bought this song from an online music store.”
Although fair use or the application of a valid license may be used as the basis for a counter-notification or to convince the claimant to withdraw their takedown notice, they are not sufficient for Vimeo to restore a video or account or to decline to remove a video or account.