YouTube’s copyright protection methods are commonly criticized by content creators from around the world. Claiming someone’s content, even just to troll them, is easier than YouTube would like to admit. But here we have a live example of how YouTube often fails to protect original content creators.
Epic Games is running the official Fortnite YouTube channel where the company publishes podcasts, discussions, and new trailers. A third-party claimed Epic’s content and YouTube removed said content from the channel. There are a handful of videos currently missing from the official Fortnite YouTube channel including Season 6 trailer, and the Battle Pass trailer.
At the time of this writing, YouTube is yet to take action to restore Epic’s content. Epic Games hasn’t shared an official response to the matter nor did YouTube to explain what’s going on.
According to YouTube’s copyright policy, they require a “completely valid and legal” request to remove certain content. Whoever claimed Fortnite content didn’t go through many hoops to ensure YouTube is tricked into taking down Fortnite videos. It seems YouTube’s Content Verification Tool failed in this case.
YouTube is committed to helping copyright holders find and remove allegedly infringing content from our platform. The Content Verification Program helps copyright owners search for material that they believe to be infringing and provide YouTube with information reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate and remove that material.
“Provide YouTube with information reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate and remove that material,” this is an interesting section and one wonders what information does the fake claimant provided to YouTube? Other than saying ‘hey, that’s my content take it down.’
This is a developing story so we will have more for you once further details roll out. Stay-tuned for more on Fortnite and Epic Games.