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PewDiePie’s viral ‘Congratulations’ diss track gets false copyright claim [UPDATED]

Published: 7/Apr/2019 23:53 Updated: 8/Apr/2019 19:16

by Virginia Glaze


YouTube king Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg released his ‘Congratulations’ diss track against T-Series in late March, flinging up a lot of dirt against the label in the process – but now, the song is stirring up controversy for a different reason.

Update – April 8

TuneCore, a platform that helps artists sell their music worldwide, has issued a statement regarding the incident involving PewDiePie’s song being copyright struck. 

“We are aware of the recent incident of a user claiming a PewDiePie song that he or she does not own the rights to,” they tweeted. “We have taken action against the customer who distributed this song and deactivated the account.”

Original Story

YouTube channel FlareTV appropriately played ‘Congratulations’ on their livestream of PewDiePie and T-Series’ subscriber count following the song’s release – but if viewers visit the video now, they will merely hear Kjellberg’s original diss track, ‘Bitch Lasagna.’

Viewers spoke out on the issue out of apparent frustration, wondering why the new track had been replaced with its predecessor in light of PewDiePie’s surprising victory over T-Series.

Why is FlareTV’s livestream getting copy striked?

The teenage duo behind FlareTV addressed fan concerns in their video’s chat, claiming that ‘Congratulations’ had been copy striked by a music label.

“Please stop asking about ‘Congratulations,’” they wrote. “It’s copyrighted and I cannot play it on stream.”

FlareTV, YouTube / Drama Alert, YouTubeThe teenage duo behind FlareTV claimed that they cannot play PewDiePie’s ‘Congratulations’ on their livestream, as the song has been copyrighted.

Who owns the rights to ‘Congratulations?’

However, PewDiePie’s editor ‘Sive’ Osman later clarified that the song had not been copyrighted by his team, explaining that another company had claimed the video – even though they don’t own the rights to the song.

“Team YouTube some company called Tunecore are claiming videos on or using PewDiePie’s ‘Congratulations’ song,” he Tweeted of the debacle. “They don’t represent him. How are they getting away with this? Sort this out as soon as [possible].”

Attached to the editor’s Tweet was a screenshot of the claim in question, proving that the song had been claimed by Tunecore on behalf of PewDiePie.

Thanks to investigation by Drama Alert’s Daniel ‘KEEMSTAR’ Keem, Tunecore appeared to have claimed the video due to an instrumental version of the song called ‘Buckwild,’ created by an artist named Pontus Pettersson in September 2017.

PewDiePie’s response to “white supremacist” controversy

This development follows PewDiePie’s response to a petition seeking to ban him from YouTube due to alleged white supremacist content, which has gained over 76,000 signatures as of April 7.

PewDiePie vehemently decried any white supremacists using his content as a platform, and noted that the petition contained “flat-out lies” about moments in his YouTube career.

YouTube has yet to respond to Sive’s Tweet concerning the copystriking of FlareTV’s video as of writing this article.


AriaSaki explains how Disguised Toast helped her out of a “dark place”

Published: 26/Nov/2020 16:12

by Alice Hearing


Twitch streamer AriaSaki has revealed DisguisedToast helped her when she was “In a very dark place,” in a heartbreaking tweet on his birthday.

Aria is a Twitch streamer and cosplayer known for playing League of Legends. Aria is close friends with Jeremy “DisguisedToast” Wang, a hugely popular Canadian streamer, YouTuber, and Internet personality of OfflineTV.

Aria shocked fans on November 25, tweeting: “A month ago I was in a very dark place and planned to end it all. Toast reached out to me, talked to me till 6 AM to make sure I was ok.

“[Toast] invited me to OTV for healing and ultimately saved ‘AriaSaki’. You have him to thank for me being here today. HBD Toast.”

Fans left an outpouring of support in response to Aria’s tweet. One person said they were astounded by DisguisedToast’s kindness, writing “stop I’m gonna cry this is so cute toast is such a good guy & I’m glad you’re okay aria!”

The tweet itself has gone viral, amassing more than 170,000 likes and attracting the attention of several other influencers all expressing their concern and expressing their thanks to DisguisedToast.

Fellow streamer Renniesaurus responded, writing “Aria, I’m so glad that Toast was able to help you… I’m happy to have been able to meet you and call me your friend.”

Thankfully, it seems that Aria is now happier, and Disguised Toast has a new level of respect from his fans.