from the praise-be dept
It ought to come as no shock to common Techdirt readers that the DMCA takedown course of just isn’t solely extensive open to fraud and abuse, however that these avenues are recurrently utilized in actual life for simply these functions. Takedowns to silence criticism, takedowns to attempt to steal site visitors from others, or takedowns or monetization claims simply to get some paltry quantities of streaming income: the purpose is that this shit occurs on a regular basis. What completely does not occur with any frequency is the parents behind these bogus actions getting punished in any approach for his or her conduct.
And so when it does occur, it is price highlighting it, placing it on a podium, and making an attempt to have it grow to be the norm slightly than the exception. To that finish, let’s spotlight YouTube really banning an account that gave the impression to be sending fraudulent DMCA notices.
Yesterday, the proprietor of the “Musical Creator” channel complained that their channel had been terminated after submitting a copyright takedown request. The operator of the channel doesn’t seem like a local English speaker because the remark under reveals, nevertheless it’s clear that they disagree with this resolution.
“My youtube channel MUSICAL CREATOR has been terminated attributable to inlegal data copyright infringement. However I not violating any coverage of youtube, I don’t know the way my channel is terminated I stuffed out all the data authorized. I need to get again my channel once more,” the operator writes.
Now, a few issues to say right here. First, the channel’s identify is “MUSICAL CREATOR”? Hmm, okay, completely would not sound just like the type of factor you’ll create simply to ship DMCA notices and attempt to monetize others’ content material. And we haven’t any particulars from YouTube as to what particularly was the difficulty with no matter takedown discover MUSICAL CREATOR despatched. As an alternative, all we have now is that this from YouTube’s discover straight.
“We’re involved that among the data inside this authorized request could also be fraudulent,” YouTube’s response reads. “Please perceive that YouTube receives a lot of fraudulent copyright takedown requests, and we take abuse of that course of very significantly.”
Whereas that does not inform us a lot or allow us to vet out whether or not fraud was really dedicated or not, it is price retaining in thoughts once more that YouTube takes little or no motion on this kind of factor typically talking. By which I imply that the very fact it took motion on this case leads me to imagine YouTube thinks it is on very, very stable footing right here.
In consequence, the MUSICAL CREATOR account is down. Anybody going to its web page is just instructed that the account is offline attributable to “a violation of YouTube’s Phrases of Service.”
Once more, it is laborious to be utterly assured that YouTube’s actions on this case are acceptable… however I think they’re. And, purely as a matter of proportion instances, the very fact is that YouTube and different platforms have traditionally been so vastly on the facet of these issuing DMCA notices as a substitute of the potential victims of fraud that it makes tales like this distinctive.
Despite the fact that they should not be.
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