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YouTube cracks down on false Copyright Claims

Updated: Jun 30, 2023

Many of us are familiar with the "trolls" who tend to go around spamming and abusing the copyright claim system. People have had their worries about the system, as anyone can put in a copyright claim. Often these claims are never properly looked into and investigated and the channel loses all rights to the video immediately, with no chance to gain AdSense from the efforts and tend to sometimes lose the video all together. This system has been abused from day 1 and it seems like it took some of the biggest channels to be target for YouTube to take any action, whereas small channels have been suffering from this style of internet trolling or grief for years.

A member of YouTube’s policy team released the following statement:

"Recently, there's been a lot of discussion about the enforcement of our policies, from video takedowns to channel demonetization. We want you to know that we monitor video takedowns very closely, and while we haven't seen a big change in the overall rate of removals, it's true that we do make mistakes. For this, we're sorry and we strive to do better by you, our community,".

"The good news is that the feedback you've raised in comments and videos on YouTube and beyond is having an impact. It's caused us to look closely at our policies and helped us identify areas where we can get better. It's led us to create a team dedicated to minimizing mistakes and improving the quality of our actions. And it's encouraged us to roll out some initiatives in the coming months that will help strengthen communications between creators and YouTube support. We'll also make improvements to increase transparency into the status of monetization claims. And of course, as we work to implement these improvements as quickly as we can, we'll continue to take your feedback seriously."

A copyright claim can be filed by anybody. But it seems we may see progress with a policy team closely investigating new matters of copyright claims. Hopefully we will see reforms in the future which protect people from Trolls but also enforce the Copyright standards efficiently. YouTube policy teams have also promised more changes in the coming months.

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