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Entertainment • Dec 22, 2018

Popular YouTuber demonstrates how YouTube’s copyright system is spiraling out of control

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Popular YouTuber demonstrates how YouTube’s copyright system is spiraling out of control
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Popular YouTuber and music artist ‘TheFatRat’ uploaded a video on December 21, where he explained that one of his original songs had been claimed on grounds of copyright infringement by a music label.

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TheFatRat explained that he had produced his song, ‘The Calling,’ in 2016, which was met with favorable reactions across the platform and gained over 48 million views by late December of 2018.

However, the YouTuber went on to show that he had received a copyright strike on the video on November 19, which had been claimed by a user named Ramjets due to property allegedly owned by music label 'Power Records LLC.' After disputing the claim, he found that his dispute wasn’t approved - by the same user, Ramjets.

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TheFatRat went on to clarify that YouTube’s copyright system sees no mediation from YouTube - rather, the platform leaves the issue up to the claimant, who is unlikely to settle on a video that could potentially turn a decent profit from ad revenue.

As it turns out, Ramjets had claimed the video due to a bootleg of the song created by artist Andres Galvis, who admitted that he had no knowledge of the claimant and went on on to verify the issue with YouTube, himself.

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After getting nothing but radio silence from the platform, TheFatRat went on to create a petition calling for a revision to YouTube’s copyright claim system, citing a slew of other YouTubers who had encountered similar problems.

TheFatRat’s video then gained the attention of Drama Alert host Daniel ‘KEEMSTAR’ Keem, who tagged YouTube in a heated Tweet asking for the platform to take action.

YouTube has since confirmed that they have released the claim and terminated the claimant’s channel for “abuse of copyright tools.”

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