I had done a simple video
about a month and a half ago. A parody of 2001. Used the theme for it and uploaded it. immediatly upon upload it was flagged for copyright. That wasn't entirely unexpected, but i was confident I was on strong footing to fight it. the theme for 2001 is part of a piece by Richard Strauss written in the 1800's, thus is in the public domain. But even if they tried to argue the point, The video would still fall under the parody clause of the fair use section of the copyright code.
But there was a problem, it wasn't flagged as anything related to 2001, the claim said it was a piece called "Made in U.S.A" managed by some company I had never heard of before. You can dispute a copyright claim but all the options given to you are to acknowledge you used the music they are claiming and try to plead for your right to use it. There is no option for "That's not the music i used".
The way this stuff works is, some company uploads their movies, tv shows, music, etc to some server, and youtube has a bot that scans all uploaded videos and compares it to the database. if it finds a match, regardless of how small, it flags the video, and either removes it, or in most cases, monetizes it and sends out the ad revenue to the company that uploaded the stuff to their servers.
youtube then allows you to dispute the claim, once you dispute it, they send a note out to the company to look it over. and they have one month to respond. at the end of the month, the claim is revoked and you are free to use your video again.
Problem is there are companies that deliberately upload false stuff. and the way the system works, during that month, the company that is supposed to revue the claim, gets all the money the video earned, regardless of if it's over turned or not and the uploader doesn't see a dime of it.
For my video, they made me wait the entire month, until finally i was allowed to monetize it, but now, they are giving me the run around. it's been over a week now and they still haven't reviewed it.
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