In an email to YouTube content creators yesterday (obtained by Kotaku), Google defended its automated "Content ID" system deployed last week and offered some advice on what those affected by it could do if they feel they have become the target of a false copyright claim.
"Whether gaming, music or comedy is your passion, know that we love what you do," YouTube said. "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."
One thing Google did not say was that it would make any changes to the system. Some of the problems cropping up this week seem to be related to licensed music in games.
Google points out in its note to content creators that music owners have the right to make claims. They suggest that videos featuring gameplay should turn the music off to avoid any kind of copyright claim. Ultimately Google says that those who believe that they have been falsely targeted by a copyright claim should immediately dispute it.
It's a major hassle for many content creators who make a living off of videos on YouTube because - when a claim is filed against a video - the creator of that video temporarily loses monetization rights until the dispute is resolved...