|Friday, September 9, 2016|
Posted by Scott Tibbs at 4:00 AM (#)
YouTube needs to fix its copyright protection policies, because it is overly restrictive and unfair to YouTube users. This is critical for people who supplement their income or actually make a living via their YouTube channels, but it also impacts very low-end users who never use it for money.
Even I have been impacted by YouTube's heavy-handed policy. I got a notice a while back that someone made a copyright claim on a video of a political rally I posted to YouTube. Why? Because someone at the rally sang a song that is in the public domain. YouTube, being YouTube, disabled monetization on the video. I was not using monetization for my account and I have no intention to use it, but that is not the point.
This is not even an issue of "fair use" of copyrighted content for review purposes, which has caused a number of YouTube users to get copyright strikes against them. (Often, these strikes are unfair when the use of copyrighted content is well within "fair use" guidelines.) In fact, there was one channel that had a video taken down because it was a couple people talking about a movie, with not even one second of copyrighted content!
Obviously, YouTube needs to police copyrighted content. There is a ton of pirated content all over YouTube, including full-length movies, that brazenly violates the copyright owner's intellectual property rights. But if YouTube wants to be fair to both its users and copyright holders, there needs to be some method to discipline copyright trolls for making fraudulent claims.
YouTube is a private service and they are free to be as restrictive as they want to be regarding content posted to their service. However, users are also free to argue against some of the policy decisions regarding what may and may not be posted, and users can also point out the unfairness of certain policies. YouTube is still a relatively new service and the concept of regular people making money from their YouTube channels is very new. I think this will work itself out in the long run via a market-based solution. After all, there are other places to post and watch video. But it is clear that YouTube needs to improve this system.
Note: All posts must be approved by the blog owner before they are visible on the blog.
Below are the rules for commenting on ConservaTibbs.com.
- A reasonable level of civility is expected. While it is expected that controversial political and social issues may generate heated debate, there are common-sense limits of civility that will be enforced.
- This blog is a family-friendly site. Therefore no cursing, profanity, vulgarity, obscenity, etc. will be allowed. This is a zero-tolerance rule and will result in automatic deletion of the offending post.
- Anonymity has greatly coarsened discourse on the Internet, so pseudonyms are discouraged but not forbidden. That said, any direct criticism of a person by name cannot be done anonymously. If you criticize someone, you have to subject yourself to the same level of scrutiny or the comment will be deleted.
- Please keep your comments relevant to the topic of the post.
- All moderation decisions are final. I may post an explanation or I may not, depending on the situation. If you have a question or a concern about a moderation decision, e-mail me privately rather than posting in the comments.
Thank you for your cooperation.