I’m kind of glad that I’ve been dragging my feet a bit on the Youtube content I’ve been working on since there’s going to be massive changes to YouTube over the next few weeks. Phase one of this process has just been started, and it’s not pretty folks. Hundreds, if not thousands of Youtube creators have had their content flagged with copyright claims, in what seems to be Google’s response to pressure from the corporate world. I will agree that YouTube has a piracy issue that needs to be addressed, but this is not the way to do it.
Many legitimate content creators, most of them game video creators, have had their videos flagged because YouTube isn’t manually reviewing these claims, but is instead using an algorithm to automatically do it. The creators then have to contest the claim, during which time they will be making no revenue on the video in question. For people who rely on this revenue to eat, or pay rent, this is obviously a big fucking problem.
People who have done reviews, created their own original music, vlogs, and commentary videos are all getting told by a computer that their work is infringing upon the copyrights of mega corporations, even when it’s not. Twitter has been BLOWING UP for the past few days with people whose livelihoods are on the line thanks to these changes.
It’s all kinds of fucked up if you’re a YouTube content creator who relies on YouTube to earn money. Check out the videos below for a low-down on how these guys are getting shafted.
What the hell is going on? YouTube content ID Apocalypse by Force Strategy Gaming
Force Strategy Gaming discusses what he’s picked up and how the changes are affecting him.
Jim Sterling of the Escapist comments on YouTube’s new policy changes
Love him or hate him, Jim Sterling is a well known video game commentator. Jim, as usual, is short, sweet, and to the point.
Boogie2988 comments on the changes and how they will affect other people’s lives
Boogie2988 is better known for his Francis comedy videos, but this gaming vlogger is not happy about how YouTube has pulled the rug out from under a lot of people.
TotalBiscuit, FarFromSubtle, itmeJP, Fork Parker, and Adam Sessler discuss the YouTube Copyright Controversy
For more details on what’s going down, be sure to check this video out. It’s an hour and a half long, so you might want to grab a snack or something to drink before firing this one up.
AngryJoe rant about the YouTube copyright disaster
And a special mention goes out to Angry Joe. I am a huge fan of his reviews and there’s no doubt that Joe puts his heart and soul into his work. Every single one of his popular videos has been flagged.