Google Defends YouTube Automated Content ID System

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…

Source: Kotaku


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    MaskedPixelante says:

    That's pretty much what's going on right now. It's not the game creators that are filing claims, it's random copyright bots that belong to the smaller networks.

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    Sora-Chan says:

    What about in cases like what happened to NerdCubed? One of his Portal 2 Videos got flagged by valve, but when he disputed it, he got a email back from Valve saying they weren't the ones who flagged it?

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    Technogeek says:

    I think they're more concerned about having already been bitten by the perception of a LACK of one. I mean, technically, Viacom v. Youtube is still going on, almost seven years after the lawsuit was first filed.

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