YouTube creates team to oversee copyright takedown errors

By Shawn Knight
Feb 29, 2016
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  1. It should come as little surprise that copyright violations on YouTube are a dime a dozen. YouTube has for some time employed an automated takedown system designed to detect and remove clips that it believes are violating copyrights.

    The problem, however, is that YouTube's Content ID system doesn't always get it right and takes down clips that shouldn't have been removed. It's a minor annoyance to the average YouTube user but for professional content creators that invest loads of time into their videos for the purpose of generating revenue, having a clip erroneously removed is a direct hit to their bottom line. And as Billboard correctly points out, the current process to get a video reinstated takes time – further diminishing potential earnings.

    Fortunately, it would appear as though the Google-owned video sharing site is finally getting its act together.

    In a recent post from YouTube's Policy Team, an employee named Spencer said the feedback that its community has raised in comments and videos is having an impact. Specifically, it has caused them to look closely at their policies and helped them identify areas in which they can improve.

    As such, YouTube has created a human team dedicated to minimizing mistakes and improving the quality of the team's actions. Furthermore, Spencer said they'll be rolling out some initiatives in the coming months that will help strengthen communication between content creators and YouTube support. The team will also strive to increase its transparency into the status of monetization claims.

    It's good to see YouTube finally addressing the issues although some will no doubt view the initiative as being too little, too late.

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  2. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,528   +831

    It is too little too late. The issues people are having need to be resolved now, not in a month or two.
  3. lripplinger

    lripplinger TS Addict Posts: 253   +85

    This goes directly with one of the tube channels I subscribe to, EliTheComputerGuy. He has a bunch videos up on the ridiculous claim made against him from a video from 2 years ago he made. Now he is part of a campaign to get YouTube to get their **** together.
  4. lipe123

    lipe123 TS Evangelist Posts: 633   +163

    Guys check out the channel gradeAunderA , he's got this whole #makeyoutubegreatagain campaign going on and I'm pretty sure some of these reforms is a direct result of that.
    He also mentioned elithecomputerguy and him and eli have been sort of collaborating on this.

    Good to see some community pressure causing real action.
  5. Technician

    Technician TS Addict Posts: 677   +113

    Yet another great reason to avoid amateur videos. As if another reason was needed. :)
  6. Axiarus

    Axiarus TS Addict Posts: 217   +91

    GradeAunderA is one of my favorite channels.
  7. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,292   +55

    Sort of a different subject but having to do with content. Did you see the winner of the best picture at the oscars yesterday? (Tech)Spotlight but about a rather sensitive subject. Special.
  8. Raoul Duke

    Raoul Duke TS Guru Posts: 860   +308

    I hate the people that 'click-bait' you on YouTube, you click it, then the ad runs (they make their money), by the time you find out you've been had, they have made their income.
    Stuff like a European bicycle race, not televised here. The promise is it is in English in HD, click, it's 240p and in a foreign language, but their ad ran before you could find out so they have made their money.
  9. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Maniac Posts: 797   +217

    Turn on ad block before you click it, if it's the right thing disable and refresh to get the ad to show. An ad not seen is an ad not paid for.
    Raoul Duke likes this.

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