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False Claims Of Copyright On YouTube

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Hi Everyone, George Pierce, here,  This post is about what is called copyfraud on the Internet.  What prompted this post is that three Public Domain video uploads were "Blocked" by YT—three in a row, three in one day due to copyright claims.  Most online copyfraud is selling stuff that is Public Domain as your own.  It is OK to sell Public Domain material, but it is not OK, it is illegal, to pass it off as your own.   The reason for copyfraud is, of course, that immense profits can be made.  

On YT, copyright fraud is prevalent.  YT makes it easy to make a copyright claim. and it should be easy, but it is also easy for copyright pirates.  I am unsure of the financial benefit, perhaps if your Public Domain video that you claim a copyright on, is the only one YT allows due to your claim. then your video gets all the views, or perhaps it is done in spite or meanness.  

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To be fair to YT, YT is doing its job, which is to protect creators and Yt from copyright issues.  In many cases, the claims are valid.  When it comes to Public Domain, there can also be valid claims.  I am not a copyright expert, it looks as if one of the there claims may have been legit, and two may have been fraud. That seems to go along with what happens when claims are disputed,  The above snapshot taken from YT's  Official Blog shows that about 60% of disputes are going to end up in favor of the creator.  

What To Do

YT does allow YT creators to dispute copyright claims.  If your upload receives a claim, YT will provide you with the details of the claim, and the steps you can take.  It may be as simple as trimming out a small section of your video or replacing music, and it may be copyfraud.  If you are quite sure that the claim is not legit, let YT know.  YT is not trying to be mean to its creators when they block a video, but they cannot right the copyright wrongs if they are unaware.  

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Above is a snapshot of my most recent YT channel, which uses my adaptation of the Faceless Video Strategy, which is a way to make money online on YT.  The strategy is a way to legally use already made videos, so you never need to be on camera.  The above channel is about 10 weeks old, it is getting about 2K views a day and superb watch time.  The cost is ZERO!  If you seek a way to make money online, I have laid out my adaptation of this process in three easy steps that anyone can follow.  I invite you to watch my free Faceless Video training,

Thank you for reading.

Much success,

George Pierce

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    So far for me this has never been an issue. We create all our own content. It has little if any value other than to the viewers.

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