Copyright Claims Sweep YouTube, Gaming Channels Hit Hard

If you’re trying to make a living gaming on YouTube, your job just got a whole lot tougher.

YouTube has already announced that it plans on reviewing and overhauling the way it allows posters to monetize their videos in 2014, and ahead of those sweeping changes, many channel hosts have found their inboxes inundated with ContentID Match claims. The claims suggest content in the videos is owned by someone else, so any revenue those claimed videos generate through ads will go to the entity who submitted the claim, not the channel host who created the video.

YouTubers have run into difficulty in the past with videogame content, but this time in particular it appears to be chiefly tied to the music used in videos — not the actual footage of the games. The folks at NeoGaf have a thorough rundown on the issue, and discovered that, after a content ID swipe hit YouTube on Monday, the bulk of claims started coming from two music distributors in particular, IDOL and Merlin Phonophile.

The overall issue also appears to be further tied to videos featuring game trailers and cutscenes. If your YouTube video features more than 10 seconds of a game’s trailer or cutscene, you’ll likely be flagged.

The below video by YouTuber Force Strategy Gaming, who has been hit with a number of claims himself, provides a more detailed overview:

For its part, YouTube has yet to detail precisely what happened when it triggered its content ID swipe on Monday, so there is still a great deal of uncertainty about exactly what’s happening.

We’ll keep you posted.

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2 Comments on Copyright Claims Sweep YouTube, Gaming Channels Hit Hard


On December 11, 2013 at 3:55 pm

So the multimillion dollar companies can’t handle the fact that someone else might get paid to play their games and effectively advertise it for them. . .

The level of greed these companies display makes me never want to give any of them a dollar again and just go straight to the indie developers for all my gaming experiences.


On December 12, 2013 at 1:09 am

So it’s come to this. I feel like this is the second last battle, in the street, outside our place of play. They’re SO CLOSE to driving away video makers so it’s *astounding* that there isn’t any (that I know of) competing service to YouTube on the internet. YouTube itself would have driven all the viewers away already, except FOR those video makers that signed up when their service had any redeeming features at all. As I posted in a comment on a YouTube video about this topic, they started a service and attracted people, then whittled away at the utility of that service untill it was useless and only the people remained. Now it seems that’s not enough and they’re attacking them, too. YouTube’s owners are actually, really, deliberately trying to run their buisness into the ground. I don’t believe it. Yet it’s clearly true.