Geek Ink Thinks: YouTube shoots itself in the foot – Massive copyright sweep a slap to the face of all independent YouTube creators

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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.


4 thoughts on “Geek Ink Thinks: YouTube shoots itself in the foot – Massive copyright sweep a slap to the face of all independent YouTube creators

  1. Aside from the GoogleTube-enablers defending this stuff, the thing that kills me the most about all of this is the stifling of creativity. Now, if you want to make a video, you have to be in a room with bare walls and no sounds, because you might just have a labeled bottle of beer or a tv with a movie on in the background. It is just too risky to spend tens of hours making a video, only to have some predatory third party that isn’t even a copyright holder flag your video. I think Youtube intends to destroy itself, and will be the next Myspace–something else will come along to fill the void in the market.


    1. I’m not sure if YouTube will die, but DAMN, the teething issues on this update.

      YouTube also needs to grow some damn balls and step in and actually mediate. AngryJoe suggests a great compromise in his follow up video where he suggests that corporations get a percentage of the takings if a short clip is used because at the moment, you stick in more than 10 seconds of anything, then the corporations get 100% of the income, even if your video is 10 hours long. That just doesn’t make any sense.

      I really hope this leads to something positive and that the little guys get someone to help them out. Some of them put so much effort into their work and overnight that’s all changed…


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