The recent changes to YouTube’s Content ID system has proven to be ridiculously annoying. Many channels, including those of YouTube celebrities with thousands of subscribers, had most of their videos flagged and taken down due to copyright issues.
These videos are mostly those showing video game footage, video reviews, interviews and the like. It’s bizarre when you take into account what content it is actually banning.
There are cases where trailers sent by publishers for marketing purposes were flagged down. Interviews conducted with publishers, developers were taken down due to copy rights infringement. Video game reviews were taken down due to using the game’s music without permission.
The worst part out of all of this is that these flagged videos are being given to the ‘supposed’ copyright holders. So whatever money these videos make from the running ads goes to the second party.
So who is really claiming these videos? In most cases it’s the music licensing companies. If there’s even a shred of borrowed music in your video, it’s game over. That’s annoying because how do you expect to make a video about a game without using its background music?
While everyone is really upset over the whole thing, YouTube has come out to address the issue. Their notion of addressing the issue is telling everyone to mute their music in the games during screen capturing.
In an email sent out (evil mail), YouTube gives you tips for recording future videos:
If you’re creating videos with content from other people, remember that rights ownership can be complicated and different owners have different policies. Be aware of music. Many games allow you to turn off background music, while leaving sound effects enabled. And if you’re looking for music you can freely use (and monetize!), check out our Audio Library.
Whether gaming, music or comedy is your passion, know that we love what you do. We’ve worked hard to design Content ID and other tools to give everyone — from individual creators to media companies — the opportunity to make great videos and earn money. As YouTube grows, we want to make sure we’re providing the right product features to ensure that everyone continues to thrive.
That’s kind of funny because as Kotaku pointed out, there are cases where videos have been flagged down and the ad revenue diverted to people who didn’t actually have any copyright claim to the videos in the first place.