I woke up this morning and found Twitter going bugnuts over the recent changes to YouTube. I had no clue as to what was going on, so I went looking for info.
Now, I don’t know nearly enough about copyright to speak of it. But I have to wonder if this new ‘Content ID’ system is akin to killing an ant with an elephant gun. From what I understand, these companies use programs that scan YouTube for audio and visual signs of their IP. If they find it, no matter what it is or how it’s used, the channel gets a copyright strike notification. I’d be willing to wager that a small fraction of the people who receive strikes are actually using the content improperly.
Let’s Players and Game Reviewers are going probably going to be the worst hit, which makes me sad. I love those guys/gals!
If YouTube keeps this up, they’re going to wind up driving away the people who generate the most traffic for them. And you know, I wouldn’t mind having to go somewhere else to see the programs I want to see.
So… if that’s what you want, YouTube, then just keep keeping on.