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

Published: 22/Dec/2018 22:48 Updated: 22/Dec/2018 22:50

by Virginia Glaze

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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.

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.

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.

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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Joe Rogan reveals major reason YouTube ‘forced’ his huge Spotify switch

Published: 25/Jan/2021 4:55 Updated: 25/Jan/2021 5:02

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Joe Rogan revealed a major reason behind his move from YouTube to Spotify in a conversation with Tulsi Gabard on Episode #1599 of the Joe Rogan Experience.

Joe Rogan’s fans still have mixed feelings about his multi-million dollar move to Spotify. However, nobody can blame him for accepting such a lucrative offer. But despite their concerns and accusations, it seems like the reason behind his switch wasn’t all about the money.

In Episode #1599 of the Joe Rogan Experience with Tulsi Gabbard, they eventually started talking about censorship.

It’s an issue that Joe has been concerned about for a very long time, and apparently, it was one of the major reasons why he switched to Spotify in the first place.

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Joe Rogan has been concerned about censorship for a very long time.

“It’s a weird time when someone can just decide that they just don’t like you, or what you’re doing is problematic. It’s one of the reasons why I went to Spotify. It’s because they had a vested interest in me succeeding. 

“Like, instead of worrying about me being pulled from their network. It’s not that I never really worried about that with YouTube. But it’s always possible, and there were some weird shenanigans they would do with demonetizing specific episodes just randomly, and we would question it.”

“It’s a way of censoring people without censoring people. Because you say, oh, were you guys talking about that? Oh yeah, you know, we can’t put ads on that. Oh, did you guys swear? Oh yeah, we’re going to have to demonetize that.”

Joe Rogan in podcast studio
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Joe Rogan wasn’t a fan of some of YouTube’s rules and regulations.

“There was a lot of weird stuff like that. They’re great overall, but the arbitrary decisions are [often] done by people that work there. Someone has the ability to decide whether you make money off something or whether you don’t make money off something.”

“It’s not a primary concern, but it points to an issue, and the issue is someone being able to dictate what you can or can’t talk about, or someone incentivizing you to talk about something or not talk about something. I don’t want to be a part of that.”

The relevant part of the podcast happens between 112:00 and 114:00.

Interestingly, the narrative on social media has been that Spotify has been censoring the podcast. Joe has flat out denied and said they’re a “great company” and “very open-minded.” However, that didn’t stop some fans from begging him to go back to YouTube.

“Go back on Youtube, it’s easier,” one pleaded. “YouTube was more convenient,” another stated. There were also complaints about no comment section.

Sadly for fans wanting to see JRE back on YouTube, there are no signs it will be happening any time soon, especially considering the Spotify deal was for multiple years.