What you need to know
- YouTube now requires an exact timestamp for manual copyright claims.
- Copyright holders that abuse the manual claim system will lose access to it.
- There are new tools for muting copyrighted music or replacing it with another track.
Copyright claims on YouTube are a necessary evil. They're important for copyright owners to claim content of theirs if it's being used without proper credit, but at the same time, the manual claim tool has proven to be easily abused and has caused a lot of headaches for large and small creators alike.
On July 9, YouTube announced a few changes coming to the way copyright claims are handled to hopefully make things easier for both parties.
The biggest change is the fact that manual copyright claims now require a timestamp to indicate specifically where in a video copyrighted content is being used. Per YouTube:
On top of that, YouTube also says any copyright owners that continually make claims without accurate data will lose access to the manual claim feature.
If a video does end up getting a legitimate claim, creators now have a couple of new tools to edit their video to ensure all is well.
- Creators can mute the timestamp in part of a video with copyrighted music.
- Using YouTube's Audio Library, claimed music can be swapped out with non-copyrighted tunes.
Later on down the road, YouTube says it'll offer an "explicit Trim" feature that'll "allow you to trim out the claimed content with just one click."
I like the idea of this, I'll definitely be using it for my YouTube videos!
Copyright owners have gotten out of control with their claims. Even if you give proper credit, on even a fraction of a work, they don't want you using ANY of it. Then you get stupid claims like "I don't want you using my song because I don't like you." Out of control.
I'm tired of the group/person submitting the claim being the one that decides if it gets removed or not. If they say no, then the next step could end up with the video being taken down. I have several videos where background music in a videogame is claimed. However, it's fair use because I'm clearly playing the game and not letting the game run for others to listen to the music.
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