Monday, July 02, 2018

YouTube ContentID flags one video of mine

Recently, in view of all the debate about EU’s Copyright Declaration and Article 13, I looked at my own YouTube account.

The instructions are here.

The directions will take this to this link relative to your own logon to Google.  That link shows any videos on your account flagged by ContentID, which could increase greatly with European content soon.  But in Europe, the video would have been blocked from loading or removed; in the US, usually that won't be true as many rights holders will allow small excerpts of their content to remain up when notified. 

I found one two-minute video taken outdoors a year ago in July 2017 at a Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington. The video is of a trapeze act.  There is about a minute of Scott Bradlee’s Postmortem Jutebox. The copyright owner allowed the use of the video but laid claim to any ad revenue (which the owner could insert into the video), which is of no practical monetary consequence for me.

This situation does not lead to a “copyright strike”. A, actual DMCA Safe Harbor takedown will result in a strike, which lasts for 90 days unless successfully challenged as Fair Use or a misidentification. But three strikes in a 90 day period do result in YouTube account termination.

Update: July 9, 2018

EFF verified in an email to me that there are many reports of ContentID flagging or even blocking videos because of outdoor background music.   This is not a good situation.  It should be Fair Use. 

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