Benjamin Appelbaum, Attorney at Law

YouTube copyright system may aid false claimants

YouTube has become home to many content creators in New Jersey and across the country who have released videos and amassed millions of fans. Still, some YouTubers have expressed concerns about how the platform addresses copyright complaints. One creator, known as TheFatRat, said that he has experienced frequent problems after other people and companies have tried to remove his original work after they attempted to claim it as their own. This means that the remaining video owners could receive thousands of dollars in advertising revenue as a result of fraudulent copyright claims.

TheFatRat has over 3.2 million subscribers on the channel where he creates original electronic dance music. One of his songs, "The Calling," was widely viewed until nine months after its original posting, when another musician posted a remix of the song. Then a Colombian company filed a copyright claim against the original song on the basis of the remix, costing TheFatRat around $3,000 each month in lost ad revenue. He said that YouTube's system assumes that a copyright claim is legitimate but some users may deliberately make false allegations in order to hijack ad income.

He also said that content creators may be worried about penalties even for appealing false copyright claims against their work. In addition, while TheFatRat won that YouTube dispute, he faced another bogus copyright claim only days later from the same company. Even the remix musician said that he did not support the claim and acknowledged TheFatRat as the original content creator that inspired his work.

Creative workers may want to take action to protect their content legally from unauthorized reproduction, hijacking and other forms of misuse. An intellectual property lawyer can help a client to defend their rights by filing for copyrights, trademarks and other forms of protection.

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