Youtube and copyright claims

Hi folks.

In an unrelated VCV Rack incident, I posted my first ever youtube video of a friend’s party. It was just about 5 minutes of Beatles covers sung by an animation novelty band (think Alvin and the Chipmunks squeaky voices).

To my utter surprise within 10 minutes or so it was blocked due to copyright claim by a certain company. In my naivety I considered appealing to the certain company but after watching a few youtubes on copyright and claims (sort of ironic that) it was easier just to delete the video.

This seems to be a potential minefield for original content creators and educators (using Fair Use). I was stumped after watching TheFatRat’s issue with someone claiming HIS work.

I am curious as to if anyone has successfully disputed a claim or if you’ve had issues with claims - either someone claimed your works or had to take videos down etc.


I had a video claimed at one point but it was so unlikely that my thing was a copy that I challenged it and the claimants let it slide. That was a while ago.

Your own VCV music?

Yes. It was a recording of a live stream (I can’t remember which one it was). I’d only had a channel for about a couple of weeks. edit: I’m definately not saying you should challenge a claim over music that isn’t yours.

the thing is that youtube should pay attention to all copyright claims, then it is a great business to make copyright claims, you could make claims about Omri’s videos for instance and the money raised during the claim goes to your youtube account

is there many users - companies dedicates only to make copyright claims

And that seems to be one of the main complaints by content creators ie someone claims YOUR work and that complainant is the (final?) arbiter if you challenge their claim. Youtube stays well out of the dispute.

Its a shame youtube has become so entrenched but I also understand its costly to provide infrastructure for a worldwide videoservice.

The Rick Beato youtube channel had a post on this. In one video a few second of music had leaked from an assistant´s headphone into the mic, and the youtube sound fingerprinting had triggered on the sound. Pretty crazy if you ask me how far Google have gone to provide this tech for copyright enforcement.

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Let’s not even talk about people who were false claimed about their own work too… it’s crazy these days…

If you think fair use applies, think again. It is theoretically correct by law, but youtube doesn’t give a crap, and you can’t reach a human being over there to get any sort of assistance. If the giant youtubers can’t, it’s hopeless for us. You can’t have music in a music education video, that’s totally messed up. That’s exactly what fair use was created for. They could make a slight adjustment that puts the ad revenue on hold until a dispute is solved, then give it to the winning party, but now it just automatically goes to whoever submitted the claim without question. That’s also known as fraud and theft.

Even covers done in Rack get claimed. If it’s the rights holder, fine, but some of these fraud companies claiming what they don’t even own, those are the scum of the earth and should be publically flogged. Youtube won’t even try to deal with those. If only a COPPA like situation happened in our side of youtube, there would be some hope, but that’s never gonna happen. :neutral_face: