Copyright flags from YouTube’s Content ID program have suddenly jumped, particularly for gamers. According to Tubefilter, these copyright claims seem to be coming from third parties who have no legitimate claim to the actual copyright.
In many of these cases, the claims have taken videos by reputable YouTubers who have had no copyright issues on the past. This seems to be mostly affecting Let’s Play videos, and many of the claims seem to be trivial.
Problems with Content ID Copyright System
This brings up, once again, the main complaint about the Content ID system. When something is originally claimed as copyright, the originator does not have to provide proof of ownership. That means that anyone can claim something. While it won’t hold up in the long run, it wreaks havoc on other YouTubers, taking down videos that should be earning them money.
NASA’s Issues with Copyright
Last year, NASA had to deal with this. All NASA’s videos are public domain, but when the Mars Rover landed, Scripps News Service claimed the video when they reported on it. This led to a flurry of automatic take-downs, including NASA’s own YouTube channel.
With the sheer amount of footage uploaded to YouTube–reported at 100 hours of video per minute–the process has to be automated. At the same time though, frivolous copyright claims then result in legitimate videos being taken down.
Appealing Copyright Claims
While the owners of those videos flagged by Content ID can appeal and get their videos back up, there is no compensation for the lost revenue or the hassle of having to fight YouTube. There also doesn’t seem to be much of a penalty for those making the frivolous claims.
It also seems a odd that the form to claim a copyright violation manually can be submitted online and then the automated process starts, while filing an appeal means filling out a form that has to be forwarded to the party who made the original complaint, giving them all your personal information. YouTube also states that the appeal process can take up to ten days.
While we agree that copyright is something that should be protected, so are the YouTubers inconvenienced by dealing with the flawed automated system. This time it’s the gamers, but anyone who has had to deal with the system for making a parody of a song or singing public domain music that another artist had published a version of, this is an ongoing issue.