YouTube is rolling out tweaks to its strike system (updated)

Polycount

Posts: 2,840   +574
Staff member

Update 2/20/2019: An earlier version of this article stated that these changes would apply to YouTube's copyright strike system - this is incorrect, and we regret the error. The rule tweaks outlined below only apply to YouTube's Community Guidelines strike system. The article has been updated to reflect this information.

Ever since Google bought YouTube years ago, a number of controversial changes have been made.

Heavy overhauls of YouTube's advertisement system, as well as tweaks to the way recommendations and subscriber notifications work, have caused many once-popular creators to see their revenue and views plummet.

With so many pitfalls already present, it can be particularly frustrating for creators when they run afoul of YouTube's Community Guidelines.

If a creator publishes any piece of content (whether it be a livestream, a video, or a thumbnail) that contains something YouTube deems to be hateful, sexist, or otherwise harmful in nature, that individual can receive a Community Guidelines strike.

Starting from the first time a channel is hit with one of these strikes, penalties begin to accrue. They start small, but can escalate into full channel deletion.

Now, Google is finally making some tweaks to this system to make it a bit more forgiving and straightforward.

The first change of note is that YouTube will no longer penalize a creator for their first "offense." Instead, when a channel receives its first strike, its owner will be given a warning that informs them about YouTube's Community Guidelines.

After this warning, strikes will mostly function as normal, but they'll now be more consistent across all portions of YouTube. For example, the penalty for allegedly uploading harmful material in a livestream will now be the same as it would for doing so in an actual video.

For the unaware, the first un-appealed strike against a channel results in a one-week freeze on the ability to upload new videos, livestreams, or other content.

The impact of a second strike within 90 days is almost identical, but it kicks the penalty up to two weeks. The third strike received within the same time frame will result in channel termination.

It's unclear whether or not these few changes will make any meaningful difference when it comes to protecting channels from un-justified termination or penalties, but it should give them a bit more breathing room due to the new warning system.

Permalink to story.

 

seefizzle

Posts: 422   +292
I was hoping for some kind of good changes to this copyright nonsense. There are all kinds of horror stories about companies like Sony issuing false copyright claims against musicians on Youtube that are clearly creating their own music. Sony for example issued a copyright take down for a musician for uploading a composition from Bach. Clearly nobody owns the copyright on that. Shoot, my own kid, 11 years old has had copyright strikes against his channel. He makes stupid little songs via an app on his ipad and uploads them to Youtube. These are tracks that a child made, and they were taken down.

There's huge problems with Youtube's copyright system. I was excited to see that maybe they were going to fix some of this. Nope.
 

noel24

Posts: 717   +850
I'm not deep into the topic but basically it took that drama with Linus for Google to change their mind? I see it like everywhere last few days and I'm not even signed up for his channel.
He must be someone important.
 

ET3D

Posts: 1,754   +400
These are changes to YouTube's community guideline strikes, not copyright strikes.
 
No changes have been made to copyright strikes. Copyright strikes and community guidelines strikes are completely different and also completely separate. You DO NOT receive community guidelines strikes for uploading copyright content or vice versa. Please do not spread this kind of misinformation.
 
I was hoping for some kind of good changes to this copyright nonsense. There are all kinds of horror stories about companies like Sony issuing false copyright claims against musicians on Youtube that are clearly creating their own music. Sony for example issued a copyright take down for a musician for uploading a composition from Bach. Clearly nobody owns the copyright on that. Shoot, my own kid, 11 years old has had copyright strikes against his channel. He makes stupid little songs via an app on his ipad and uploads them to Youtube. These are tracks that a child made, and they were taken down.

There's huge problems with Youtube's copyright system. I was excited to see that maybe they were going to fix some of this. Nope.
It's impossible for any channel to have 11 copyright strikes. YouTube removes your channel after 3 strikes. What your kid has is copyright claims, which are completely different and far less severe than a strike.
 

G0DofPaiN

Posts: 87   +80
I was hoping for some kind of good changes to this copyright nonsense. There are all kinds of horror stories about companies like Sony issuing false copyright claims against musicians on Youtube that are clearly creating their own music. Sony for example issued a copyright take down for a musician for uploading a composition from Bach. Clearly nobody owns the copyright on that. Shoot, my own kid, 11 years old has had copyright strikes against his channel. He makes stupid little songs via an app on his ipad and uploads them to Youtube. These are tracks that a child made, and they were taken down.

There's huge problems with Youtube's copyright system. I was excited to see that maybe they were going to fix some of this. Nope.
It's impossible for any channel to have 11 copyright strikes. YouTube removes your channel after 3 strikes. What your kid has is copyright claims, which are completely different and far less severe than a strike.

But would be impossible for you to read that comment again?
 

seefizzle

Posts: 422   +292
It's impossible for any channel to have 11 copyright strikes. YouTube removes your channel after 3 strikes. What your kid has is copyright claims, which are completely different and far less severe than a strike.
Regardless, it's original music and shouldn't be flagged, striked or otherwise. Also, 11 is how old my kid is not how many strikes.