Im sure most, if not all of you are familiar with youtube, but recently there has been a lot of backlash from content creators about how the youtube copyright system works. Basically, almost anyone can file a claim on a video for copyright or disobeying the youtube community guidelines. Some claims give the channel in question a strike. These strikes apply restrictions to the channel and if you get three, your channel is deleted. Anything you’ve built up to that point is gone. And the shitty part is, the strikes take a long time to remove. I think the minimum time is 6 months.
The main concern is Fair Use. Basically, its taking something of someone else’s creation, and using it in a trans-formative manner. So now its your own individual content and youre not blantantly stealing. The thing is, there has been much debate on how much the source material must be changed for it to be considered fair use and many people are exploiting youtubes flawed system to steal revenue from people, or just use it as a way of revenge.
You may or may not be familiar with H3H3 Productions. Recently, they have been sued; yes, sued; because they made a video on someone who was angry and wanted revenge. Heres the video where Ethan and Hilia talk about the suit.
Youtuber GradeAUnderA has talked about the fucked youtube system in the past as well and makes some very clear points in his video as well. this is a two parter.
The main point im trying to make here, is that content creators are being attacked by bitter people looking to snatch some cash. If you in any capacity, care about the future of youtube and the careers of people who want to put themselves out there and make their own things, then please spread the first video around. It actually eats me up inside to see how unfair things are for some. I know thats life and all, but i want to see the things that are right actually succeed for once. And i know, the fair use debate is nothing new, but this is the first time ive seen anyone on youtube get sued for something that is clearly in their favor. Something needs to change, and its not gonna start until someone actually tries to change it.