‘The Robbery’

Copyright is  ‘a type of intellectual property that provides exclusive publication, distribution, and usage rights for the author”, meaning content can’t be stolen and requires the author’s consent.


YouTube has a Content ID automated system, however they say that their accuracy can only be as good as the accuracy of what copyright holders submit to the system.

In 2015, Sebastian Tomczack, a musician on YouTube uploaded a 10hr soundtrack of “pure white noise”. Two and a half years later he received messages from YouTube saying he had five copyright claims. He took to Twitter with the following post:

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There was a lot of engagement arguing about the grey area around this case, as:

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Due to the system being automated, there was no proof needed from the people who made the copyright claims and it was stated the people filing the claims were seeking revenue generated from the video which ended up being dismissed after Sebastian was in contact with YouTube.





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3 thoughts on “‘The Robbery’

  1. I also discussed the Copyright Filter on YouTube, how YouTubers are being claimed for things as simple as someone talking, this guy had his video claimed just for his voice.

    Also networks are claiming other YouTubers for use of their clients content, that they argue is against fair use.

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  2. This is a great post! I like how you clearly defined copyright at the start of your article and how your article is straight to the point and informative. I actually wrote an article regarding copyright and youtube as well. And I found similar points in my research when it came to copyright holders reporting Youtubers for copyright just to make money off of their Adsense. I definitely feel as though the copyright system can be unfair to creators, I’ve seen copyright cases similar the 2015 case you discussed in your article. Overall, great job!

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  3. Great post! I think it is also good to point out that and manual copyright process on YouTube can be abused by people who either want to make a quick buck or who just want to troll.

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