MrBeast calls out YouTube after being hit with false copyright strike

Virginia Glaze

Popular YouTuber Jimmy ‘MrBeast’ Donaldson uploaded a video to Twitter on February 11, where he bemoaned the current state of YouTube’s Content ID system.

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MrBeast explained that his video, “I Put 100 Million Orbeez In My Friend’s Backyard,” had been hit with a copyright claim – which was issued from a claimant wholly unrelated to the strike.

The YouTuber speculated that his video’s claim may have resulted from his squad singing Bon Jovi’s popular song, ‘Livin’ on a Prayer,’ although no beat or background music were used.

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Additionally, the claim had been issued for using a song by ‘Pascal Landguirand,’ a Canadian musician of duo ‘Trans-X’ known for their popular 1983 hit ‘Living On.’

MrBeast’s video had been manually reviewed by ‘Living On’s’ record holder under Sony, although his song was never used in the clip, prompting him to edit the offending footage nearly three months later.

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The YouTuber expressed frustration at the lack of information presented in YouTube’s older analytics system, and claimed that he had to do “detective work” to understand why his video had been claimed.

This isn’t the first time MrBeast has been vocal about YouTube’s copyright system, either; the YouTuber also uploaded a screenshot showing a slew of his content that had been demonetized due to claims, and even offered to pay an expert to help him avoid similar pitfalls in the future.

MrBeast’s complaints follow a plethora of other such instances across the platform, with one YouTuber having his own, original song claimed against him by an unknown party.

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MrBeast’s Orbeez video currently boasts a whopping 46 million views as of January 12.

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